What You Need to Be Warm (Hardback)
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What You Need to Be Warm (Hardback)

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Hardback 32 Pages
Published: 26/10/2023
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Luminous and moving, Neil Gaiman's poem that explores displacement, loss of home and what we need to feel warm, written in aid of the UN Refugee Agency's appeal, is now available in a beautiful hardback edition boasting illustrations by a group of artists from around the world.

Sometimes it only takes a stranger in a dark place ... to say we have the right to be here, to make us warm in the coldest season.

In 2019, Neil Gaiman asked his Twitter followers: 'What reminds you of warmth?'

Over 1,000 responses later, Neil began to weave replies from across the world into a poem in aid of the UNHCR's winter appeal. It revealed our shared desire to feel safe, welcome and warm in a world that can often feel frightening and lonely. Now publishing in hardback and illustrated by a group of artists from around the world, What You Need to Be Warm is an exploration of displacement and flight from conflict through the objects and memories that represent warmth.

It is about our right to feel safe, whoever we are and wherever we are from. It is about holding out a hand to welcome those who find themselves far from home.

Featuring new, original illustrations from Chris Riddell, Benji Davies, Yuliya Gwilym, Nadine Kaadan, Daniel Egnéus, Pam Smy, Petr Horácek, Beth Suzanna, Bagram Ibatoulline, Marie-Alice Harel, Majid Adin and Richard Jones, as well as an eye-catching cover from acclaimed illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. 

Sales of every copy of this book will help support the work of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, which helps forcibly displaced communities and stateless people across the world.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526660619
Number of pages: 32
Dimensions: 219 x 167 mm


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This timely book is a reminder of the basic human need for comfort and shelter - Daily Mail

Neil Gaiman reads What You Need To Be Warm

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“Heartwarming and beautifully illustrated”

I just love the layout and careful use of page space in this graphic poetry book. Marie-Alice Harel's illustration is one I could just stare at for days, and I'm almost tempted to tear out Benji Davies'... More

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“‘You have the right to be here’”

As we move into the winter months, alongside the conflicts happening across the world right now, What You Need To Be Warm perfectly illustrates that although wars persist and the coldness creeps, humanity has the... More

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“Full Of Humanity”

What You Need To Be Warm is a book that contrasts the simplest of pleasures with the hardships so many are facing around the world. Gaiman's poem, culled from Twitter responses to the question of what it means to... More

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