Paint Me a Poem New Poems Inspired by Art in the Tate by Grace Nichols


Paint Me a Poem New Poems Inspired by Art in the Tate by Grace Nichols

This classic book is a celebration of the ways in which art and writing can influence and inspire each other. In 1999- 2000, Grace Nichols was the first Writer-in-Residence at the Tate. During this time she worked with children from London schools, helping them respond to art by writing poetry. She herself was inspired to write over 25 memorable and perceptive new poems, collected in this book, now reissued in paperback for the first time. In addition, Paint Me a Poem contains Grace's highly personal reflections on the paintings and sculptures, as well as fascinating insights into the inspirations for the paintings, written by Colin Grigg, Head of Young People's programmes at Tate. Included towards the back of the book are many lively activities designed to inspire children to write their own poetry and to have fun with language.


This book should be in every school library. The only problem might be where to shelve it, under art or poetry? The best answer may be to buy two copies. Ink Pellet (Dec 2005) This delightful book is designed to encourage young children to interact with both art and poetry. 'it will have a place in primary school art rooms, classrooms and libraries. Fiction |Focus Vol. 19 No. 3 (2005)

About the Author

Grace Nichols

GRACE NICHOLS was born and brought up in Guyana, but has lived in the UK since 1977. Her first poetry collection for adults, I is a Long-Memoried Woman, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and was dramatised for radio and film. Since then Grace has written many highly regarded poetry books for adults and children. Her children's books include Come on into my Tropical Garden, Everybody Got a Gift and Paint me a Poem, inspired by art in the Tate Galleries, where she was poet in residence. Grace Nichols lives in Lewes, Sussex, with her husband, the poet John Agard.

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96 pages


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Publication date

21st April 2016



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