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AGES: 10-12

Rising Stars is a showcase of – and a platform for – some of the most brilliant emerging young poets writing today. We can’t pretend to have discovered them; with the help of Joelle Taylor, poet and director of SLAMbassadors UK, Pop Up and Otter-Barry Books tapped into the UK’s spoken word community, where we wanted to find writer-performers interested in making the journey into poetry for young readers. We most certainly found what we were looking for!

CLiPPA award-winning poet Kate Wakeling says:

“A vibrant anthology of fresh new voices. Here are five poets unafraid to tackle the big themes, each writing with wit, poise, power and heart.”



This collaboration is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

Black and white illustrations are by final year students from Birmingham City University: Riya Chowdhury, Elanor Chuah & Joe Manners.

Find classroom resources for Rising Stars here!


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