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The Great Realisation is a story for any reader, young or old, who dares to dream of a brighter future
The Post-Pandemic Poem That Has Captured the Hearts of Millions
Written in the form of a bedtime story, The Great Realisation is a celebration of the many things - from simple acts of kindness, to applauding the heroic efforts of our key workers - that have brought us together at a time of global crisis. It has captured, with magical resonance, the thoughts and feelings of millions in lockdown, as we adapt to a new way of life, find joy in unexpected places, cast aside old habits and reflect on what truly matters to us.
We now call it The Great Realisation and, yes, since then there have been many. But that's the story of how it started ... and why hindsight's 2020.
First performed online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Tomos Roberts' heartfelt poem, with its message of hope and resilience, has been viewed over 60 million times and translated into over 20 languages.
Adapted by Ashley Banjo and Diversity into a breathtaking dance performance on Britain's Got Talent!
The Great Realisation is a story for any reader, young or old, who dares to dream of a brighter future - of a fairer, kinder, more sustainable world. It is a timely reminder that, even during our most challenging moments, there is always hope.
This fairytale-style story provides a springboard for discussion of current events with children, and presents a more optimistic view of the future in a time where the outlook often seems bleak', School Library Journal, US
'It's a beautiful book and beautifully illustrated. We've been flicking through it all morning and I've read it several times to my children', Kate Garraway, Good Morning Britain
|Publication date:||3rd September 2020|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Bedtime Reading, Poetry|
|Collections:||20 Books Celebrating our Love of Poetry,|
Tomos Roberts, also known as Tomfoolery, is a spoken word poet, performer and filmmaker, born in New Zealand and brought up in London. He launched his YouTube platform on 22 March 2020 and, just five weeks later, uploaded a performance of 'The Great Realisation', featuring a cameo from his seven-year-old brother. The video has since been viewed over 60 million times. Tomos has been interviewed on This Morning, by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and his story has been reported all over the world, including in the Daily Mail and the Washington Post. Celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Kristen Bell, Drew Barrymore, Khloe Kardashian ...More About Tomos Roberts