Poems that plunge into rivers and pools

Poems that plunge into rivers and pools

Published on Friday 24 June 2022

There’s something at once elemental and child-like about moving through water – whether we paddle like a dog or can manage an elegant crawl. These delightful poems explore the many joys of swimming in pools, rivers and oceans.

We travel all the way from a child learning to swim at home on a piano stool to a swimmer in a public baths which become suddenly splendid. Swimming is a pleasure and a privilege, and these poems remind us that when we take to the water it is not just our bodies that are changed.

  • Poems that plunge into rivers and pools

    Poems that plunge into rivers and pools

    Published on Friday 24 June 2022

    There’s something at once elemental and child-like about moving through water – whether we paddle like a dog or can manage an elegant crawl. These delightful poems explore the many joys of swimming in pools, rivers and oceans. We travel all the way from a child learning to swim at home on a piano stool […]

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  • Poems that take us to the very edge of the land

    Poems that take us to the very edge of the land

    Published on Friday 24 June 2022

    The British archipelago has over 7,000 miles of coastline – everything from limestone cliffs to muddy estuaries and from sand dunes to saltmarshes.  The variety of these landscapes – and of others far beyond – is reflected in these glorious poems selected by naturalist Miriam Darlington. There are poems about wild Scottish shorelines and mudflats […]

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  • Christmas postcard poem competition

    Christmas postcard poem competition

    Published on Saturday 21 May 2022

    We’re looking for a brand new poem on the theme of ‘Christmas Stories’ for a Christmas postcard that we’ll be supplying to book and gift shops across the UK. As well as a set of your own poem postcards, you’ll win £75 and hot-off-the-press copies of this year’s festive titles. Your interpretation of the Christmas […]

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