National Poetry Day - Enjoy, Discover, Share
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Poetry Recommendations40 gorgeous new poetry books for all ages and stages to read, listen to and share.
EducationGreat ways to get your students enjoying poetry
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Marvin Thompson, Peepal Tree Press, £9.99
Road Trip is a striking first collection by a poet with illuminating and entertaining stories, accomplished in both traditional and contemporary forms. As a poet of Jamaican heritage, born and raised in north London, living in south Wales, Marvin Thompson brings these passages of place and time together in fresh and revealing ways. The poet explores the underbelly of race and empire through stories of his father’s time in the British Army and writes with feeling of the post-industrial landscape of Wales and whether this is a place he can bring up his Mixed race children – though one should never assume that his poems are factually true.
A Portable Paradise
Roger Robinson, Peepal Tree Press, £9.99
Afua Hirsch calls Robinson ‘the voice of our communal consciousness’ and his latest collection has been greatly lauded, winning both the TS Eliot Prize and the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize.
A Portable Paradise is a powerful exploration of grief and survival, depicting the racism, inequality and injustice of modern Britain in its many forms. These poems are powered by more than just anger: the tenderness of the portraits of Grenfell survivors, the joy as well as the pain he evokes in family life and the incisive subtlety of his imagery make Robinson a bright light in contemporary poetry.
Louisa Reid, Guppy Books, £9.99
A page-turning and immersive YA novel in verse, telling the story of Lily who takes up boxing in an attempt to fight back against bullying at school; a story of hope and resilience breaking through even the most difficult situations.
Lily turns sixteen with two very different sides to her life: school, where she is badly bullied, and home with her parents, warm and comforting but with its own difficulties. After a particularly terrible incident, Lily’s dad determines to give his daughter the tools to fight back. He introduces her to boxing, encouraging Lily to find her own worth.
Poems from a Green and Blue Planet
Edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, illustrated by Aaron Cushley, Hachette, £14.99
A Guardian Children’s Book of the Year 2019
Dive into this book and be swept away on a journey around our green and blue planet, from the peak of the snowiest mountain top to the bottom of the deepest, bluest ocean. Meet the birds circling its skies,the beasts prowling its plains, and the people toiling in its fields, forests and cities… Explore all the worlds that make up ours, and hear the voices, past and present, that sing out from it. From haikus to sonnets, from rap to the Romantics, this joyous collection celebrates life in all corners of our beautiful planet. With new poems from Sabrina Mahfouz, Raymond Antrobus, Mona Arshi, Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, Dean Atta and many more.
Tell Me the Truth About Life
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day, Tell Me the Truth About Life is an indispensable anthology which celebrates poetry’s power to tap into the truths that matter. Curated and introduced by Cerys Matthews, this collection features poems nominated for their insight into truth by a range of ordinary and extraordinary people.
The Forward Book of Poetry 2020
The Forward Book of Poetry 2020 brings together the best poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including the winners of the 2019 Forward Prizes. In showcasing the range and ambition of today’s fresh voices alongside new work by familiar names, this anthology is a perfect introduction to contemporary poetry.
Published on Thursday 5th September, you can pre-order your copy from your local bookshop here.
‘As new audiences turn to poetry… the Forward Prizes support talent and encourage brilliance.’ Shahidha Bari, Chair of Judges, Forward Prizes for Poetry 2019.
Poetry for a Change
National Poetry Day is a chance for everyone everywhere to read, share and enjoy poetry. This special anthology features poems by the National Poetry Day Ambassadors, a top team of fantastic poets who bring poetry alive all year round. Includes new poems by Deborah Alma, Joseph Coelho, Sally Crabtree, Jan Dean, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Chrissie Gittins, Matt Goodfellow, Sophie Herxheimer, Michaela Morgan, Brian Moses, Abigail Parry, Rachel Piercey, Rachel Rooney, Joshua Siegal and Kate Wakeling (winner of the CLiPPA, 2017). And each poet has chosen a favourite poem to share, so look out for classics by Chistina Rossetti, WB Yeats, Shakespeare and Keats among others. Take a look, and be part of the celebration!