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RISE by Darren Thomas - OUT NOW

An impressive debut collection.
In a sequence of poems that speak of love gained, love enjoyed, love lost, Darren Thomas establishes a compelling voice.
You will find yourself wanting to read these poems many times, until you become as familiar with them as songs.
This is poetry perfectly suited to digital publication - with you on your reading device wherever you happen to be.

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Sample poem:

Two Days in York

as a boy before the mortal sinning
I remember touching the blue iron of The Mallard
and climbing into the dead lungs of steam engines
of golds, purples, greens and blues
and smells of sulphur aboard an unkempt head
the minster was a biscuit coloured beanstalk
wisps of clouds for its leaves
they moved at their chosen pace;
muffled bells spoke more melodically than any priest
if that was ever possible?

to queue
to witness 
god's own
house -

as a man after much more sinning
I remember how much smaller the beanstalk looked
how I could step over it on my way through another almighty day
I felt like Lemuel Gulliver
maybe next time I could take it home
and bring with it
and those muffled, musical bells
to use as little gifts like earrings
but, I imagine
that would be stealing
and god would be a long, long way from home.

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How About: The Young Inferno

Just available in paperpack, John Agard's reimagining and modernisation of Dante's Inferno, fabulously illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura.

Extracted from the poet's Introduction:

... it struck me that since Dante was interested in the everyday Italian heard in the street, and since teenagers are so wired to the world of horrror movies, science fiction and video games, then they would feel quite at home with the virtual reality of Hell described by Dante with such magisterial and architectural precision. There you'll find your ascents and descents, your walkways and fortified gates, your spiralling levels not unlike a multi-storey car park....

... though The Young Inferno is told in 13 cantos IDante's Inferno has 34) I hope that 13 sounds about right for a teenager and is in keeping with Dante's regard for the magic of numbers.

Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition 2010

Roger McGough is to chair the judging panel for a worldwide poetry competition for 7-11 year olds. The Competition is organised by the Children's Poetry Bookshelf, a poetry book club for young people run by the Poetry Book Society. To link with National Poetry Day on Thursday 7 October, children will be asked to write a poem in English on the theme of 'Home'.


Photo credit: Andy Hollingworth

Now in its fifth year, the competition is open to both individuals and schools.  Cash prizes of £250 for first prize, £100 for second and £50 for third will be awarded, along with books and CPB memberships, in two age groups, 7-8 year-olds and 9-11 year-olds. Entries will be accepted from Friday 10 September, up until the closing date of Friday 15 October. The winners will be announced at a gala celebration in London in December.

The Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition will encourage children to write poems of their own and help teachers to bring poetry alive in the classroom. A teacher's guide to accompany the competition will be available to download from the Children's Poetry Bookshelf website ( <> ) from early September, along with further information about the competition.
Described by Carol Ann Duffy as 'the patron saint of poetry', chair of the judges Roger McGough is one of the UK's best-loved poets with over 50 collections of poetry for both adults and children to his name. The anthology The Mersey Sound, first published in 1967, showcased McGough's poems alongside those of Adrian Henri and Brian Patten and has since become one of the bestselling poetry anthologies of all time. Roger McGough was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2005 and continues to be a very active performance poet. With his poetry used widely in schools, children will be familiar with the wry humour and liveliness of his work. He has twice won the CLPE (previously the Signal) Award for the best children's poetry book and his most recent children's collection is Slapstick.
Roger McGough is joined by a distinguished panel who are passionate about children's poetry: the poet/guitarist James Carter, who travels widely giving poetry performances and workshops; Julia Eccleshare, writer, broadcaster, lecturer, Co-Director of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and the Guardian's Children's Books Editor; David Fickling, distinguished publisher of David Fickling Books, a Random House imprint for children's books; and Caroline Horn, Children's News Editor of The Bookseller and founder of the Reading Zone children's books website.            

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Back In Print

Chrissie Gittins' first children's poetry collection 'Now You See Me, Now You ...' has been reprinted.

The book was shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award.

'Chrissie Gittins has a McGough-like flair for idiomatic surrealism,' I said, in TES.

'I like the warmth and immediacy of the poems. But I think The Shortest Days is my favourite - limpid and deceptively simple.' Helen Dunmore

The Pearce Lecture

The 2nd Pearce Lecture

THE 2009 LECTURE will be given by Michael Rosen. Entitled What is children's poetry for? : towards a new, but child-specific, 'Apologie for Poetrie' (Sir Philip Sidney, 1595) it will be held at 5.00pm on 10th September, at Homerton College, Cambridge.

British Library Poetry Exhibition

A celebration of poems and rhymes that have shaped generations of children and that remain popular today will open at the Folio Society Gallery of the British Library on 1 April, running through to 28 June. Curated by Michael Rosen and Morag Styles, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat" will show how language can bring to life journeys, tales and rhymes for a younger generation... The exhibition features volumes of poetry from the 17th Century to the present day, including the earliest surviving printed collection of nursery rhymes, Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song-Book (1744), as well as copies of classics, such as Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses; William Blake's Songs of Innocence; Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Michael Rosen's Don't Put Mustard in the Custard, and Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes. Recordings of poets reading their own work will be available at various points throughout the exhibition.

TS Eliot prize shortlist

Moniza Alvi for Europa
Peter Bennet for The Glass Swarm
Ciaran Carson for For All We Know
Robert Crawford for Full Volume
Maura Dooley for Life Under Water
Mark Doty for Theories and Apparitions
Jen Hadfield for Nigh-No-Place
Mick Imlah for The Lost Leader
Glyn Maxwell for Hide Now
Stephen Romer for Yellow Studio

The winner will receive their prize of £15,000 on January 12 from Eliot's widow Valerie Eliot, who will also present the shortlisted poets with cheques for £1,000. Previous winners include Les Murray, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney.

Poetry Award Winner

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education has announced the winner of the CLPE Poetry Award for 2008...

Jackie Kay: Red, Cherry Red, illustrated by Rob Ryan,
Bloomsbury £6.99 9780747589792

The presentation was made at the South Bank Centre earlier today by Ian McMillan.
Jackie Kay was interviewed afterwards by Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate.

The CLPE Poetry Award honours excellence in poetry written for children. It is presented annually for a book of poetry published in the proceeding year. Previous winners include Roger McGough, John Agard and Grace Nichols.
The judges of the award this year were Ian McMillan, Fiona Waters and last year's winner Julie Johnstone, chaired by Margaret Meek Spencer.

Enjoyment Of Poetry On Decline

NFER Reading Survey - report from The Independent:

A survey by NFER (published to to coincide with World Book Day) has found that children are watching television less. It also suggests the steady decline in the popularity of reading over the past few years has been halted. Two bits of good news for everyone connected with children's books, then.

But the same report includes concerning data about poetry. One of ACHUKA's missions during Michael Rosen's tenure of the children's laureateship will be playing as big a part as possible in making poetry just as popular as it was a few years ago. It is a very significant element of the new ACHUKA gameplan.

The survey of 4,500 children shows that only 55 per cent prefer watching TV to reading - compared with 62 per cent in a similar survey four years ago. It also reveals that the decline in popularity of reading amongst the same age group has been halted, with nearly 70 per cent of nine-year-olds and 60 per cent of 11-year-olds saying they enjoy reading stories - almost the same percentage as four years previously. However, the halt in the decline follows a major slide in enjoyment of reading between 1999 and 2003. "Children's enjoyment of reading has stopped declining sharply," the report says. "Their attitudes have held steady over the four-year period." But the survey does show poetry reading is on the decline amongst both boys and girls, with only 52 per cent of nine-year-olds enjoying it compared with 68 per cent eight years ago - and 43 per cent of 11-year-olds compared with 58 per cent.
[ACHUKA's emphasis]