Poems from Irish Poets

Compiled by
Seamus Cashman
Illustrated by
Corrina Askin
Alan Clarke
Emma Byrne
P is for Poetry

Selected poems from bestselling Something Beginning with P in a beautiful new format - a perfect gift book for Irish children at home and abroad.

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64 pages
235x195 mm

Selected poems from bestselling Something Beginning with P in a beautiful new format edition.

Originally published in 2004, the award-winning Something Beginning with P was a collection of new poems for children including poems from leading Irish poets such as Seamus Heaney, Paula Meehan, Rita Ann Higgins,  Nuala ní Dhomhnaill, Frank McGuinness and Peter Fallon.

This new, specially curated, edition of P is for Poetry includes best-loved poems and poets taken from the original collection as well as new additions that are sure to become beloved new favourites.  

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 works as an independent publishing consultant.

Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI (Irish Design Institute) Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets. She has illustrated many books, including Best-Loved Oscar Wilde, Best Loved Yeats, The Most Beautiful Letter in the World by Karl O’Neill, a special edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, and A Terrible Beauty by Mairéad Ashe Fitzgerald. She lives in a thatched house in Co. Wexford.

‘an exquisite collection of poetry … a much anticipated and welcomed collection’, Paula Galvin, Our Lady of the Apostles NS, Dublin

InTouch Magazine

More than fifteen years after it was first published, it’s great to have a refreshed version of this classic collection of poems. Covering everything from big ideas about our responsibility to this world through to more everyday matters of bike riding and dog poo, this remains a truly vibrant collection. The work of illustrators Alan Clarke, Corinna Askin and typographical illustrator Emma Byrne is outstanding and there can be few other poetry collections that rival its illustrative achievements. It’s a collection for every school and home bookshelf

Children's Books Ireland

What a parade of Irish poetic talent

Irish Examiner

An excellent book for people of all ages. Filled with colourful illustrations and delightful poems on a broad range of topics, this book will have the reader always wanting to turn the page to read another. Poems are presented in an attractive way for the reader and children would certainly enjoy listening to adults read aloud from this book. Opportunities to discuss illustrations before, during and after reading are plenty along with poems ‘as Gaeilge’ which are translated to English at the back of the book. Different types of poems are presented in alternative ways for the reader such as in text language, in small and large print, while poems for differing occasions including Halloween and Christmas are included. With opportunities aplenty for rhyming games, enhancing phonics and phonological awareness and, most importantly, to read for pleasure and enjoyment, this book will be in high demand from children, parents, teachers and adults who enjoy poetry

Seomra Ranga

A remarkable array of verse in both Irish and English, composed especially for children by the likes of Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Aine Ni Ghlinn, and Eilean Ni Chuilleanain

Evening Echo
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