In all our sanctuaries we sit at risk

Poems for Rising Ten


I run a project called Poems for the wall. A new collection for the project is now complete. It is called Poems for Rising Ten and is for children approaching the end of their time in primary school.

There are 25 poems in this new collection, each one accompanied by art work. In most cases, the images are not literal illustrations as such. I think they offer something actually richer than illustration, carrying or suggesting the spirit of the words, rather than prescribing shapes for them. They are by Rachel Stevens who has given her work free to this project.

These poems/compositions have now been uploaded on the project’s website . As with all the other poems on offer there, they are available for downloading free of charge.

The image above shows them enlarged to A3 size and printed onto foamex board. Through the first three weeks of October, they were exhibited in a quiet country church.

Years Five and Six from the local primary school visited and seemed impressed and responded in kind.

At the end of November, the UK Poetry Society advertised the new collection in one its regular newsletters it sends out to schools across the UK.

Here are some initial close-ups of the poems on display, taken by smart phone :