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The Dragon and The Bomb

The Dragon and The Bomb


The Dragon and the Bomb is a poem about a man who wants to be a saint and a scientist who wants to split the atom. By Andrew Wynn Owen with illustrations by Emma Wright.

“I know you met a farmer in the mountains.
That sallow wizard? He detests my work.
The night he left he poisoned wells and fountains
With viper eggs. I toiled to dredge the murk
And make them potable. But I don’t shirk
A labour that would kill a lesser mayor.
That’s why you’ll need my help, Armando Dragonslayer.”

Page count: 36

Publication date: 24th February 2017

Paperback ISBN: 9781910139585


GTIN: N/A SKU: 978-1-910139-58-5 Categories: , , , Tag:

The Emma Press

The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. We are trying to make publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible.


In an island kingdom, Don Armando dreams of a dragon-slaying adventure like heroes used to perform. And in a laboratory in a gleaming city, scientist Haplo Nous tinkers towards an atom bomb.

Past, present and future collide in Andrew Wynn Owen’s rip-roaring tale, full of rhythmical fireworks and joyous anachronism. This is a clash between chivalric heroics and modern scientific enquiry, and a shaggy-dog story taking in farmers, fisherpeople, flying machines and general derring-do.

‘Andrew Wynn Owen is a very young poet who has won both the Newdigate and the Jon Stallworthy Memorial prizes (open only to students at Oxford University). One of these competition-winners, ‘Calm’, impressed me greatly; it shows a remarkable maturity and a gift for rhyming verse. Now he and the excellent Emma Press have produced a thirty-page pamphlet, a single poem in a style reminiscent of Byron.’ – Merryn Williams, London Grip

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Dimensions 110 × 178 cm

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