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  Peter Dixon


Originally from London, Peter Dixon came to Hampshire in the 1970's and spent twenty years working as a Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education before becoming a full time writer, painter and performer in 1995.

A meeting with Roger McGough in the Fulflood Arms pub inspired him to start writing and years later it was to be this self-same pub where he and Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows hatched the plan to turn The Colour of my Dreams into an album. Andy had always been a fan of Dixon's writing and as an exercise he set about putting some of the poems to music.

The first one went well, so he kept going, battling the somewhat unusual studio conditions of a home recording session using just 'Garageband' in a flat on a noisy street. Each of the takes had to be timed to fit in between shouting builders and honking horns.

He has published several poetry collections for children including GROW YOUR OWN POEMS (Thomas Nelson); LOST PROPERTY BOX, GRAND PRIX and most recently PENGUIN IN FRIDGE (2001) (all Macmillan). He is a seasoned performer on the schools network and has performed at both the Edinburgh and Cheltenham Festivals. He lives in Winchester.

"Peter talked enthusiastically and passionately about his own experiences with children and how we can encourage and enable children to think for themselves and become active learners. He also gave, what can only be described as a vivid and enthusiastic reading of one of his published poems about a spider. Peter never stood still during his presentation, despite suffering from a bad back, but everyone in the room was glued to his every move across the “stage” and at the end of Peter’s presentation and after listening to Andy Burrows rendition of a song based on Peter’s poem there was a definite buzz around the room (not from the equipment either)."

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