MADCAP children’s poet Craig Bradley is on his biggest adventure yet.
The Dalton author flew out to the south-east Asian country of Brunei last Friday to perform his poems at three international schools.
Craig, who has written ‘I Like to Rhyme It Rhyme It’ and other zany titles, is performing at Brunei and Jerudong international schools as well as Panaga International School, which is just across the border in Malaysia.
It was through video website YouTube where Craig was discovered by a librarian at Jerudong School.
Craig, 45, said: “I’m on YouTube and this lady saw me and got in touch. She asked me if I’d like to perform at some schools. I said I’d love to do to it.
“She only dropped it into conversation later that she was in Brunei. I said: ‘That’s only three buses from Dalton!’”
Brunei is one of the world’s richest countries because of its abundance of oil and natural gas.
Its monarch, the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, was once the richest man in the world.
The country’s international schools, where English is spoken, educate children of wealthy parents from the USA, Japan and Russia.
Sharing in some of the luxury is Craig, his partner Jackie and sons Ben, aged seven, and Jack, six.
They’re staying at the ultra-lavish Empire Hotel with rooms and suites costing from $400 to $16,600 a night.
Craig said: “It’s a ridiculous hotel. It’s what you would expect of the Sultan’s hotels. I’ve stayed in some dodgy B&Bs so I’ve probably earned this one!”
The family will also explore Borneo’s exotic wildlife.
Craig said: “This sounds like an amazing thing and all I do is write kids’ poems.
“I’ve never been out of Europe before.
“It will be a real experience and a real adventure.”
And will Craig be writing any special poems inspired by the trip?
He said: “I’ve a long plane ride so I might write a few poems to keep me occupied.”
Craig is publishing three new books this year including ‘Poetry Is Not Pants’.
For more about Craig and his books visit www.craigbradley.com