Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.


Children's University

Welcome to the CU Activity Page.

If your school is registered with the Children’s University and you have a CU Passport all you have to do is choose what you’d like to read: A short story or a poem. Or how about both!

When you’ve finished, don’t forget to send me a message via the Comments Box at the end of the story/poem. I will then send you a reply which you will need to show to your Children’s University Children’s Coordinator. Before you send your message please read the suggestions below.

Suggestions of things to think about before sending your message.

  • How did the story/poem make you feel?
  • What did you like about the story/poem?
  • If you could change or add one thing, what would it be?
  • Can you think of a different ending? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Time to have fun:

To read a short story, click here.

To read a short poem, click here.

About the Children’s University

The Children’s University is an International charity aimed at providing innovative and engaging activities for children between the ages of 7 and 14.

Activities are designed to develop;

  • Confidence
  • A love of learning
  • New skills

Children’s University Australia is managed by the University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus.

Children engaged within the program are given a Passport to Learning. After completing a validated activity, children receive a stamp in their passport which records the hours taken to complete the activity. Once they achieve the required number of hours children graduate at a ceremony during which they receive a graduation certificate.  For more information, go directly to the Children’s University website.

For author visits and workshops, please contact: Becky’s Literary Bookings.