SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH P

New Poems from Irish Poets

Written by
Seamus Cashman
,
Illustrated by
Corrina Askin
and
Alan Clarke
Something Beginning with P

A spectacular collection of specially-commissioned new poems for children, including poems from Ireland's leading poets. Beautifully illustrated, and multi-award-winning.

Awards

White Raven selection 2005 - 2005

Winner

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Bisto Merit Award 2005 - 2005

Winner

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Reading Association of Ireland Special Merit 2005 - 2005

Winner

Shortlisted for CLPE Poetry Award 2005 - 2005

Short-listed

Paperback:
€14.99
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Paperback:
160 pages
Size:
235x195 mm
ISBN:
9781847170927

A beautiful collection of specially-commissioned new poems for children of all ages. Includes poems from leading Irish poets: Seamus Heaney, Thomas Kinsella, Máighréad Medbh * Paula Meehan * Brendan Kennelly * Michael Longley * Rita Ann Higgins * Matthew Sweeney * Biddy Jenkinson * Desmond O'Grady * Richard Murphy * Nuala ní Dhomhnaill * Celia de Fréine * Cathal Ó Searcaigh * Frank McGuinness * Julie O'Callaghan * Tom McIntyre * Paul Muldoon * Dermot Bolger * Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin * Frank Ormsby * Siobhán Campbell * Dennis O'Driscoll * John Montague * Moya Cannon * Peter Fallon * Mary O'Malley * Micheal O'Siadhail * John F Deane

Published by The O'Brien Press in association with Poetry Ireland. Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Seamus Cashman established Wolfhound Press Ltd in 1974 as a literary and cultural publishing house, and as publisher until 2001 won an international reputation for the press, earning many design, publishing and children's book awards over the years. A former teacher and book editor, his own published works include two co-edited and lasting volumes, Irish Poems for Young People and Proverbs and Sayings of Ireland. He is author of three poetry collections; That Morning Will Come, Carnival, and Clowns and Acrobats. He is a board member of Children's Books Ireland, and works as an independent publishing consultant.

exceptionally well-produced … a joy to read aloud

Mad About Books

'Top-class illustration and design complete a must-have package for every school, library and home.'

Today with Pat Kenny

'If some word-gobbling wizard came and snatched all the poems out of this new anthology, if would still be a pleasure to browse through. Every page [is] a dramatic, often zany display of characters, creatures and tumbling objects, all in spectacular colours. This anthology sets no boundaries to where the imagination can go.'

The Irish Times
Gordon Snell - The Irish Times

'a daring innovation by Ireland's top publisher of children's literature.'

The Irish Examiner
Irish Examiner

'The most marvellously produced piece of work I have seen in a long time. An investment -- a brilliant book'

Robert Dunbar - Rattlebag

'A dream for parents hoping to inspire a love of poetry, and a book that will never be outgrown.'

The Sunday Independent
Sunday Independent

'The poems are written for children, which suits all of us. Buy it for your favourite niece. Keep it for yourself.'

The Irish Times
Olivia O'Leary - The Irish Times

' this is a fantastic gift and one for keeps. It will be dipped into and enjoyed for many years to come. And don't be put off when it says it's for children: adults will love it too.'

Sunday Business Post

'The range of subjects covered is extraordinary and every age group, from young children to adolescents will find something to engage their minds.'

Village Magazine

'More than 100 poets combine their talents to give us this exquisitely produced anthology, with dazzling illustrations by Corrina Askin and Alan Clarke: poems playful, poems profound.'

The Irish Times

'The numerous colourful illustrations are in themselves works of art and add magnificently to the words of the poems.'

Tipperary Star

'buy this book but don't just buy one copy; buy at least two: one to keep by you to dip in and out of and one to put away. It's sure to be a collector's item. And the better get another few in case anyone makes off with your other copies.'

Inis Magazine

'This book is a great party and a parade of Irish poets and poems, lavishly illustrated on every page.'

The School Librarian
Margaret Meek, - The School Librarian

'a sumptuous collection of new work by Irish poets. Like all the best anthologies, it offers poems that extend one's definition of what the art can do, especially for children nine years old and upward. It is full of near-the-knuckle honesty, as in Rita Ann Higgins's poem about her father. Many of the poems, such as Michael Longley's "Hallowe'en", mix the playful and the disturbing. Sydney Bernard Smith's "The Day the Dalai Lama met the Pops" is pure genius, and cries out to be set to music and sung on Orange Day parades. This book should be in all schools where English (and Irish) is spoken. It is a place where poets and children meet, with no condescension from the former. Buy two copies -- one will be stolen.'

Times Educational Supplement
Fred Sedgewick - Times Educational Supplement

'a stunning, vividly illustrated book … eye-catching … easy to access … wide ranging and varied in style and subject matter'

'Speaking English' Magazine

'a sumptuous collection of new work by Irish poets. Like all the best anthologies, it offers poems that extend one's definition of what the art can do, especially for children nine years old and upward. It is full of near-the-knuckle honesty, as in Rita Ann Higgins's poem about her father. Many of the poems, such as Michael Longley's "Hallowe'en", mix the playful and the disturbing. Sydney Bernard Smith's "The Day the Dalai Lama met the Pops" is pure genius, and cries out to be set to music and sung on Orange Day parades. This book should be in all schools where English (and Irish) is spoken. It is a place where poets and children meet, with no condescension from the former. Buy two copies -- one will be stolen.'

Times Educational Supplement

'This book is a great party and a parade of Irish poets and poems, lavishly illustrated on every page.'

The School Librarian

'buy this book but don't just buy one copy; buy at least two: one to keep by you to dip in and out of and one to put away. It's sure to be a collector's item. And the better get another few in case anyone makes off with your other copies.'

Inis Magazine

'The numerous colourful illustrations are in themselves works of art and add magnificently to the words of the poems.'

Tipperary Star

'More than 100 poets combine their talents to give us this exquisitely produced anthology, with dazzling illustrations by Corrina Askin and Alan Clarke: poems playful, poems profound.'

The Irish Times

'The range of subjects covered is extraordinary and every age group, from young children to adolescents will find something to engage their minds.'

Village Magazine

' this is a fantastic gift and one for keeps. It will be dipped into and enjoyed for many years to come. And don't be put off when it says it's for children: adults will love it too.'

Sunday Business Post

'The poems are written for children, which suits all of us. Buy it for your favourite niece. Keep it for yourself.'

The Irish Times
Olivia O'Leary - The Irish Times

'A dream for parents hoping to inspire a love of poetry, and a book that will never be outgrown.'

The Sunday Independent
Sunday Independent

'The most marvellously produced piece of work I have seen in a long time. An investment -- a brilliant book'

Robert Dunbar - Rattlebag

'a daring innovation by Ireland's top publisher of children's literature.'

The Irish Examiner
Irish Examiner

'If some word-gobbling wizard came and snatched all the poems out of this new anthology, if would still be a pleasure to browse through. Every page [is] a dramatic, often zany display of characters, creatures and tumbling objects, all in spectacular colours. This anthology sets no boundaries to where the imagination can go.'

The Irish Times
Gordon Snell - The Irish Times

'Top-class illustration and design complete a must-have package for every school, library and home.'

Today with Pat Kenny

'It is a delight to dip into this anthology, as much for my own pleasure as when reading snippets aloud to the young fry, as it is full of fun, fantasy, mystery and mayhem, with some nonsense verse, and lots of unexpected slants on life.'

The Irish Examiner
Irish Examiner

'This unique volume of poetry provides an ideal opportunity for parents, teaches and librarians to inspire a love of poetry among children and indeed to enjoy the diverse variety themselves as well.'

Clare Champion

'a superb anthology ... wide ranging collection ... a great deal of splendid poetry'

School Librarian Magazine

Listed in the 'Top ten essential books for every family'

Sunday Business Post

'a beautiful anthology ... a lovely way to introduce your child to the world of poetry'

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