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The Emma Press is looking for poems about kings and queens, for a new anthology aimed at children aged 8+. The deadline for submissions is 13th November 2016 and the book will be published in September 2017.
The Emma Press is launching their second anthology of poems for children aged 8+ on 1st October 2016. Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens is edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright and features poems from established poets such as Mandy Coe, Inua Ellams and Cheryl Moskowitz, as well as newer poets such as Sohini Basak and Mary Anne Clark.
The Emma Press has been awarded a grant from Grants for the Arts, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, to conduct a 15-date national poetry tour for children.
The Myths and Monsters tour will include poetry readings, interactive storytelling and poetry-writing workshops aimed at children aged 9-12, featuring thirteen poets including Joseph Coelho (shortlisted for the 2015 CLPE Poetry Award), Kate Wakeling (writer-in-residence with Aurora Orchestra) and Andrew Wynn Owen (recent winner in the Society of Authors’ Eric Gregory Awards).
Emma Wright, founder of the Emma Press, said: ‘We are thrilled that the Arts Council is supporting this tour and helping us to share the joys of poetry with children across the country. We hope that our events inspire children with a sense of ownership of both language and stories, and that we contribute to their ongoing enjoyment of literature.
The Myths and Monsters tour begins this month at Tales on Moon Lane Festival, run by Tales on Moon Lane bookshop in partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery, and will visit Penzance Literary Festival, Bags of Books children’s bookshop in Lewes, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, Loogabarooga Festival in Loughborough, Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham, and community libraries in Slough, Woodley, Wokingham and Birmingham.
Wright added: ‘We want to use the tour to draw attention to the importance of poetry for children of all ages: it’s a terrible shame how poetry seems to drift from being a ubiquitous delight for younger children, present in nearly all picture books, into something you just read at school. As Chrissie Gittins has pointed out in the Bookseller and the Guardian, this is reflected in the often paltry children’s poetry book sections in bookshops, with the implication being that there is no demand for it. We hope to challenge this perception and demonstrate during the tour both how vital poetry is for children and how much they enjoy it.’
The tour follows the publication of the Emma Press’s first children’s book, Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters, edited by Rachel Piercey (Newdigate Prize, 2008) and Emma Wright.
Full details of the tour can be found on the Tour page.
The Emma Press is publishing the first in a new series of themed children’s poetry anthologies on 18th June 2015.
Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters is a collection of new poems edited by Rachel Piercey (Newdigate Prize, 2008) and Emma Wright, with contributions from twenty poets including John Fuller (Forward Prize, 1996), Joseph Coelho (shortlisted for 2015 CLPE Poetry Award) and Abigail Parry (Eric Gregory Award, 2010).
The poems retell or reference well-known myths, legends and fairytales, with an emphasis on ancient Greek myths. The book is fully illustrated with black line drawings, and the stories in the poems are accompanied by notes from the editors, providing context and extra details.
Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘Roger McGough, who is judging the CLPE Poetry Award this year, recently criticised the lack of poetry books being published for children. I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of poetry for children and as a poetry publisher I am delighted that I am in a position to do something about this. We are throwing all our resources behind Falling Out of the Sky, to bring it to as wide an audience as possible. We hope that we will receive support from booksellers and the press.’
The Emma Press intends to publish one new children’s poetry anthology each year and will launch an open call for submissions of poems about ‘space and aliens’ in July, for an anthology scheduled for publication in September 2016.
Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘Publishing poetry for adults is difficult enough, and as Chrissie Gittins recently pointed out in the Guardian (Why is children’s poetry so invisible?, 28/4/15), poetry for children has even less of a public profile. We are aware of the challenges facing us, but we hope that the Emma Press Children’s Anthologies will gain momentum as we publish more in the series and become something like Horrible Histories for poetry.’
The Story Museum in Oxford is hosting a launch event for the book on 18th June, featuring a discussion about writing poetry for children by John Fuller, Rachel Piercey and Andrew Wynn Owen. There will also be a launch party at Love & Scandal coffeehouse in London on 23rd June, and a reading from Andrew Wynn Owen and Kate Wakeling at Waterstones Oxford on 27th June. These events will be followed by a nationwide tour of readings and workshops running July-November 2015.
Full details of the events can be found here: http://theemmapress.com/events/
Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters ISBN 978-1-910139-18-9 Publication date: 18th June 2015 Available for pre-order: £8.50 (paperback) / £4.25 (ebook)