John Foster

children's poet

Buy Your Christmas Crackers Early

£4,500 raised so far for Parkinson’s research from the sale of CHRISTMAS CRACKERS.

John's book of Christmas jokes, riddles and rhymes with illustrations by Korky Paul, Gerald Scarfe and Alex Brychta is being sold in aid of research at the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre.

With Christmas approaching, and given the global downturn in the quality of christmas cracker jokes over the years, this is one Cracker with an abundance of laughs, riddles and accessible poetry. Perfect as a stocking filler or for the coffee table. Does not include party hats.

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John will be performing poems, including the poems from Christmas Crackers

‘When the reindeer went on strike’ and ‘Questions I’d like to ask Santa’

At Witney’s Switching On of Christmas Lights on Friday 25th November, 2016

And at the Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 26th November, 2016



In September, John took part in the Third Oxfordshite Readathon at Milton Manor.

In the same month, John was the guest speaker at a graduation ceremony for primary teachers at Oxford Brookes University. His speech included the Oxford Brookes graduation rap.

He also gave a talk at a U3A study day on ‘The joys of children’s literature.’


Music Box Songs

Twenty-four of John’s nursery verses have been set to music by Vince Cross. They include The Dinosaur Rap, and The Hullaballoos Are Coming. They can be listened to and downloaded at