Blog Posts tagged: poetry

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She is Fierce: brave, bold and beautiful poems by women

In this blog to celebrate National Poetry Day, Ana Sampson describes the selection process behind her latest collection She is Fierce.

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Bookbug Book of the Month: Out and About - A First Book of Poems

Babies and young children respond well to hearing rhyme and rhythm which is why poetry is perfect for little ones. Win your own collection of poems by Shirley Hughes in our Bookbug Book of the Month competition.

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5 Poets to Read if You Hate Poetry

Think you hate poetry? Writer and editor Sarah Stewart suggests five fun and fabulous poets you should really read before you make up your mind.

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How Robots and Ray-guns Can Improve Your Poetry

Tempted to take your poetry into the realms of sci-fi but nervous about introducing robots, ray-guns and more? Edinburgh-based writer and editor Russell Jones explains how to do it - and why you might want to!

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Nalini Paul: The Place and the Personal in Nature Poetry

Award-winning poet Nalini Paul explores the genre-expanding opportunities presented by nature writing.

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14 Amazing Scottish Poetry Books of 2017

It was a year of ups and downs for the Scottish poetry world, but that didn't prevent some of the country's greats from producing some outstanding work

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Michael Foreman on illustrating A Child's Garden of Verses

We're celebrating Robert Louis Stevenson Week by giving away some beautiful copies of A Child's Garden of Verses, illustrated by the legendary Michael Foreman. In this blog post, Michael talks about illustrating the book and which poems mean the most to him. Don't forget to enter our competition at the bottom of the post!

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5 Reasons Why Poetry is Perfect for Little Ones

Poetry is not just for older children - it's perfect for babies and little ones too. Find out more as we celebrate National Poetry Day this week.

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Muriel Spark, Sports Commentary, and the Spoken Word

Think football and Muriel Spark don't mix? Think again! In this post, guest author Willy Maley discusses Spark, football and the link between commentary and the traditions of oral storytelling.

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Our Poet Visit: Theresa Munoz

In early July 2017, the poet and literary critic Theresa Munoz visited schools across Teesside for a week of workshops as part of the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour. Here, Mia Ainsley and Maisie Kennedy, two Year 9 pupils from Our Lady and St Bede Academy, write about their experience of the event and what they enjoyed most.

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