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WELL VERSED: Abbots Langley poet to publish first collection of children’s poetry

 Published on: 14th March 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A poet from Abbots Langley is publishing her first book of children’s poetry later this year.

Sarah Ziman, mother to two teenagers, is a proofreader and copy editor who has lived in Abbots Langley for 11 years.

Aged 11, Sarah was named as a runner-up for a poetry competition and then had one of her poems selected to feature on Poems on the Underground aged 13.

It was only after having children, however, that Sarah decided to pursue poetry more seriously.

She said: “I find writing for children more enjoyable because you can be funny. I believe that children deserve good poems just as much as adults do.”

Sarah’s poems first appeared in print when art and literature magazine The Caterpillar published one of her poems in 2019. Then, in 2021, several of her poems were chosen to feature in Brian Moses’ anthology The Best Ever Book of Funny Poems.

That same year, Sarah’s poem Simon Sebastian Samuel Stone won the YorkMix Poems for Children competition.

Now, her first collection of children’s poetry, Why Did My Brain Make Me Say It?, is being published by Troika Books in August.

Sarah is a firm believer in the importance of introducing children to poetry from an early age.

She said: “You won’t get adult poetry lovers if you don’t foster a love for poetry in children.

“It is so good for children’s literacy, especially for reluctant readers, because poems are shorter so don’t feel as overwhelming as a whole book.”

Why Did My Brain Make Me Say It? will be available from bookshops and from the Troika Books website at

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