Instead of a Christmas card – irresistible festive titles guaranteed to delight

Instead of a Christmas card – irresistible festive titles guaranteed to delight

Published on Friday 2 October 2020

In a year when nothing is as it should be, much-loved traditions such as those associated with Christmas seem doubly important. Our Christmas titles this year are as beautiful as ever (each with an irresistible cover created by a leading UK artist) but focus even more keenly on the idea of poetry as a precious gift to be shared with loved ones.

By Bus to Christmas is a single-author anthology by the Irish poet Tony Curtis. The poems are written with families (and particularly children) in mind; the title poem is a modern nursery rhyme about a journey to Christmas on a bus with snowballs for wheels and stars for windows. The poems sparkle with dreams, memories and surprises, creating a magical world.

Christmas Presents: Ten Poems to Give and Receive is a selection of new poems specially commissioned from leading contemporary poets. This year’s poets range from John McCullough to Pey Oh and from Andre Bagoo to Suzannah V Evans. There are poems about a baby shower for the new-born Christ-child, an ailing family cat who recovers just in time to run rings around the Christmas tree and memories of Christmas in the Caribbean.

  • Instead of a Christmas card – irresistible festive titles guaranteed to delight

    Instead of a Christmas card – irresistible festive titles guaranteed to delight

    Published on Friday 2 October 2020

    In a year when nothing is as it should be, much-loved traditions such as those associated with Christmas seem doubly important. Our Christmas titles this year are as beautiful as ever (each with an irresistible cover created by a leading UK artist) but focus even more keenly on the idea of poetry as a precious […]

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  • Season of mists and glorious poetry

    Season of mists and glorious poetry

    Published on Tuesday 1 September 2020

    Autumn can be so many things. There are some years when summer seems to pack up her bags and disappear in the space of just a few days. Other times there’s a delicious lingering of warmth so that autumn seems to be merely a softer, more gentle version of what has gone before. This selection […]

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  • Summertime, summertime – poems for sunny days

    Summertime, summertime – poems for sunny days

    Published on Monday 1 June 2020

    Many of us are looking to summer and hoping it might herald a return to happier, more carefree days. Whatever the new season brings, we know we can count on the natural world to offer beauty and consolation. This latest anthology in our seasonal series features poems that will soothe the mind and gladden the […]

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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