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Rising Stars Review

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Highly Commended in the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018

Five emerging writer-performers are showcased in a book which is a blend of anthology & individual collections. Ruth Awolola wonders about our world, the stars beyond, the beings that might live out there and the interconnections between these. Victoria Adukwei Bulley uses images from nature to explore movement and migration - parakeets as a metaphor for people and the wandering wind which ‘knows no such thing as nations.’ Abigail Cook’s poems demonstrate how her family and the environment in which she grew up made her the person she is, and urges her readers to ‘Remember you are falcon bones and phoenix wings, so fly.’ Jay Hulme looks through windows and walls, crosses borders and searches the world for new words. Amina Jama reflects on childhood memories and relationships with friends and family such as the cousin who ‘wore blue better than a sunset wore orange.’


Rising Stars Synopsis

An exciting collaboration between Otter-Barry Books and Pop Up Projects, introducing new voices in poetry for 10-14 years old. Rising Stars, sponsored by Arts Council England's Grant for the Arts programme, is a poetry anthology showcasing the work of five debut poets from diverse backgrounds, all aged 25 and under. Black and white illustrations are by final year students from Birmingham City University's illustration course. Joelle Taylor, founder and Artistic Director of SLAMbasadors UK, is acting as a consultant to the project.

You can listen to some of the poems here.

Rising Stars Press Reviews

This sparkling anthology features the work of five talented young poets. Each has a distinctive voice, and every one of the poems in this collection will catch the imagination of young people; bringing them together in an anthology gives the poems even more impact and emphasises the unique power of poetry for young people as a means to share ideas, thoughts and feelings....The collection is illustrated by three young students in their final year at Birmingham City University's illustration course, and the whole project is a celebration of new talent,rising stars indeed. It's exciting to read, will be exciting to share. Congratulations to all those involved in its creation. Books for Keeps

Five writers come together to celebrate life, love and youth in this engaging collection of poetry. The Book Bag

A super initiative and great to see these poets and illustrators brought to our attention.  Parents in Touch

As well as the freshness of new voices, what characterises all these poets work is the skill with which they work with complex ideas using apparently simple devices and forms. Listen out for them all in the future!  Reading Zone

A vital and pioneering poetry anthology by diverse young writers for diverse readers, aimed at the bridge year between primary and secondary school. The poets included are both BAME and LGBTQI, and have created a volume in which school age readers can finally see their own selves. Soulful, inspiring and uplifting.  Joelle Taylor  Achuka Best Books of the Year

This selection of exciting and inspiring poems from young talent is guaranteed to get young minds working. Booktrust - Books we Love

This collection takes risks and excitingly pulls it off with real zing. A sharp, crisp 21st century anthology that breaks down barriers about what poetry can be and poets can do, this is a collection to have in your back pocket.   Playing by the Book 

The five young poets of the anthology Rising Stars are also slam-seasoned, pared back to assured, mature, charismatic essentials.  Imogen Russell Williams  Times Literary Supplement

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ISBN: 9781910959374
Publication date: 26/10/2017
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910959374
Publication date: 26th October 2017
Author: Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Anthologies, Poetry
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama

Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama - five debut poets from diverse backgrounds, all aged 25 and under. 

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