England: Poems from a School (Paperback)
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England: Poems from a School (Paperback)

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Paperback 80 Pages / Published: 14/06/2018
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'Not just good for school children, but great by any standard' - Phillip Pullman

Oxford Spires Academy is a small comprehensive school with 30 languages - and one special focus: poetry. In the last five years, its students have won every prize going. They have been celebrated in the Guardian ('The Very Quiet Foreign Girls Poetry Group'), and the subject of a BBC Radio 3 documentary.

In this unique anthology, their mentor and teacher prize-winning poet Kate Clanchy brings their poems together, allowing readers to see why their work has caused such a stir.

By turns raw and direct, funny and powerful, lyrical and heartbreaking, they document the pain of migration and the exhilaration of building a new land, an England of a thousand voices.

In England: Poems from a School, you will find poetry that is easy to read and hard to forget, as fresh, bright and present as the young migrants who produced it.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509886609
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 138 g
Dimensions: 197 x 133 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This moving and beautifully formed anthology of their work punches well above expectations for their age. Any age... From Poland, Korea, Russia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia these writers are worldly and world-class, their writing so natural and their stories so affecting I do hope the Home Office at the very least orders a copy to keep in the loo.' - The Times 

'Tender, funny, succinct and often devastatingly sad verses about home, family, loneliness and identity... Kate Clanchy is the teacher we all wish we had.' - Stylist

'Not just good for school children, but great by any standard' - Phillip Pullman

'Although this book is called England Poems from a School, these are really poems from the world, speaking of a freshly imagined England, in an English that plays the music of other half-remembered languages. These young poets are writing their lives with heartbreaking immediacy, in a time when home is a leaving, and also a becoming.' - Imtiaz Dharker

'Exceptional. All unflinching truths and zero pretentiousness.' - Nathan Filer

'I doubt I will read anything as moving for a very long time. These poems remind us that immigration is not abstract; it is children, missing their mother and missing their homes.' - Evie Wyld

'Helping us to see the world with a startling freshness, these lovely poems fill me with hope' - Sarah Howe

'This is why poetry will speak for the human till we are gone. And then it will leave a trace. They will know who we were, what we felt, what we did, what we discovered, what we lost.' - Jorie Graham

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