Ten Poems of Kindness

Ten Poems of Kindness

Published on Monday 24 April 2017

Edited by Jackie Kay and containing two new poems she has written specially for the anthology, this moving selection is allied to a compelling cause. ‘Felix’s Campaign of Kindness’ was instigated by the mother of Felix Alexander, a 17-year-old boy who took his own life after years of online bullying. The pamphlet is dedicated to the memory of Felix and contains the inspirational open letter written by his mother after
his death.

Jackie Kay’s chosen poems explore the power of simple acts of kindness and the multiple meanings of this humble word in our hectic world. The poetic journey encompasses poets from Sylvia Plath to Rabindranath Tagore, taking in some thought-provoking contemporary selections along the way.

To continue the Candlestick tradition of supporting a range of charities through pamphlet sales, a donation will be made to young people’s mental health charity Place2Be.

  • Ten Poems of Kindness

    Ten Poems of Kindness

    Published on Monday 24 April 2017

    Edited by Jackie Kay and containing two new poems she has written specially for the anthology, this moving selection is allied to a compelling cause. ‘Felix’s Campaign of Kindness’ was instigated by the mother of Felix Alexander, a 17-year-old boy who took his own life after years of online bullying. The pamphlet is dedicated to […]

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  • Ten Poems about Home

    Ten Poems about Home

    Published on Monday 27 February 2017

    Hot off the press is this haunting and intriguing anthology of poems selected by Mahendra Solanki. There are poems that evoke “the daily furniture of our lives” and others that echo with the memories of a childhood spent far away. The bewitching cover image created especially for Candlestick by Sarah Kirby evokes Yeats’s famous poem […]

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  • Ten Poems from Ireland

    Ten Poems from Ireland

    Published on Monday 16 January 2017

    This latest pamphlet is an exciting addition to our successful series of titles featuring poems from the various countries of our little archipelago. We commissioned one of the most important poets writing in Ireland today – Paula Meehan – to select ten poems that would encompass and encapsulate the country where she lives and writes. […]

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"By the way I have become almost Evangelical about the pamphlets! Everyone I know has got one. I’m just stopping short of thrusting them on people I don’t know but who look as if they need a poetry break."Liz O’Sullivan, Dovegreyreader Chapter, Candlestick Collective

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