First, a hand-grasp of solidarity to all the quiet heroes reading this, whether teachers, librarians, parents or students. Alan Bennett once said that good writing makes you feel as if “a hand has come out and taken yours”. This newsletter - six months ahead of National Poetry Day on October 1st - includes a few poetry-activities to try at home, our way of keeping-in-touch. Because making and sharing a poem is an act of connection..
Activities from our Ambassadors!
For younger kids, poet and YouTube star Simon Mole is running a series of free live poetry workshops online via Zoom. Sessions run on Tuesdays mornings, with a sharing session on Thursday. For more information on how to join, visit www.simonmole.com/online-poetry-workshops and follow Simon on Twitter @Si_Mole.
For older kids, author Sarah Crossan is sharing a poetry workshop every day at noon on Instagram Live. Featuring poetry challenges focusing on different themes, our personal favourite so far being her Vision themed lesson for National Poetry Day! Head to Sarah's Instagram @sarahcrossanwriter to view them all. Sarah will be sharing some of your poems so use the hashtag #WeAreThePoets when joining in.
And for the grown ups...
Liv Torc, #BBCLocalPoet 2019 for BBC Radio Somerset, asked her friends to tell her how they were feeling, in the form of a haiku. Her invention, the Haiflu, has inspired hundreds of witty, moving takes on the lockdown experience – and now you can join in too: just tag your creations #haiflu so we can see them. Find out more and view the Haiflu film on the National Poetry Day blog.
National Poetry Day is co-ordinated by the charity Forward Arts Foundation. We are delighted by 2019's National Poetry Day successes, and in the run up to October, we will focus on supporting schools, teachers, students and strengthening communities, particularly those in isolated places or in areas of multiple deprivation.
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Rob Harrell (Goodreads Author)
A wrenching and hilarious story about embracing life's weirdness and surviving an unthinkable diagnosis, based on the author's own experience with a rare eye cancer.
Twelve-year-old Ross Maloy just wants to be normal. Not to have a rare eye cancer, not to lose his hair, not to have to wear a weird hat or have a goopy eye full of ointment. Just normal. But with a sudden and horrifying diagnosis, Ross can't help standing out. His new life is medical treatments that feel straight out of a video game, vision loss in one eye, disappearing friends who don't know what to say to "the cancer kid," cruel bullying, and ultimately, friendships new and old that rise above everything.
Kaela Noel (Goodreads Author)
In this exceptional debut, one young girl’s determination to save the flock she calls family creates a lasting impact on her community and in her heart. Gorgeous and literary, this is an unforgettable animal story about friendship, family, home, and belonging. For readers who love books by Kate DiCamillo and Katherine Applegate.
Ten years ago, an impossible thing happened: a flock of pigeons picked up a human baby who had been abandoned in an empty lot and carried her, bundled in blankets, to their roof. Coo has lived her entire life on the rooftop with the pigeons who saved her. It’s the only home she’s ever known. But then a hungry hawk nearly kills Burr, the pigeon she loves most, and leaves him gravely hurt.
Worse Than Weird
Jody J. Little (Goodreads Author)
Readers who love Leslie Connor and Ann M. Martin will adore this story of a citywide scavenger hunt and a girl who learns that family—and weirdness—is relative.
Summer Coding Camp
Incoming 7th graders only
Eight-week session begins June 28
This is it, my summer plan.
Hoping to ditch two months of chicken coops, kale, and her parents’ anti-screen rules, Mac MacLeod sets out to win a citywide food cart scavenger hunt and the money she needs for the summer coding camp of her dreams.
But Mac discovers more than just clues during her cross-city sprint—like how her weird parents might not be the worst thing compared to the circumstances of those around her.
With the same humour and hope of her debut novel, Mostly the Honest Truth, Jody J. Little gives readers another spunky, unforgettable character to root for.
The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind
“Jonah Berger is one of those rare thinkers who blends research-based insights with immensely practical guidance. I am grateful to be one of the many who have learned from this master teacher.” —Jim Collins, author Good to Great, coauthor Built to Last
Racism, Antiracism, and You
Ibram X. Kendi (Goodreads Author)
A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life
Anne Bogel (Goodreads Author)
We've all been there: stuck in a cycle of what-ifs, plagued by indecision, paralyzed by the fear of getting it wrong. Nobody wants to live a life of constant overthinking, but it doesn't feel like something we can choose to stop doing. It feels like something we're wired to do, something we just can't escape. But is it?
My Dark Vanessa
Kate Elizabeth Russell
Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.
The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel (Goodreads Author)
From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.
A Good Neighbourhood
Therese Anne Fowler (Goodreads Author)
In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighbourhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitman's move in next door―an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter.
The Night Watchman
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humour, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
Writers & Lovers
Lily King (Goodreads Author)
Following the breakout success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Euphoria, Lily King returns with an unforgettable portrait of an artist as a young woman.
Blindsided by her mother's sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, mouldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she's been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey's fight to fulfil her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.
City of Bohane – Kevin Barry
Eye of the Needle – Ken Follett
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
His Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip Pullman
Ivanhoe – Walter Scott
Mr Standfast – John Buchan
The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
The Jack Aubrey Novels – Patrick O’Brian
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien
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