National Poetry Day: lost spells & fire of joy

Thursday 1st October is National Poetry Day and, in celebration, some wonderful poetry books are being published this season.

Two very special highlights:

The Lost Spells

by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris


This is a book of spells,

to be spoken out loud.

Here you will find

conjurings and charms,

spells that protect and

spells that protest, tongue-twisters,

blessings, lullabies

and psalms…

Author and naturalist Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris have collaborated once again to create an absolute gem of a book – a pocket-size “little sister” to last year’s The Lost Words.

Inside you’ll find barn owls and red foxes, silver birches and jackdaws. Each are celebrated with poetic rhythm and paintbrush colour in what is, essentially, a hymn to the natural world. It is absolutely exquisite.

Hardback, Hamish Hamilton, £14.99


The Fire of Joy

Roughly Eighty Poems to Get by Heart and Say Aloud

collected  by Clive James


This brilliant selection of poems was curated by Clive James just before he died. Surgery had left his vision impaired so, unable to read, these are his favourite poems – all of which he had stored in his memory, and could recite by heart.

Ranging from the 16th century to the present day, the poems in The Fire of Joy are a very personal anthology, and they are linked by James’s commentaries – sometimes historical illuminations, other times chatty anecdotes – all bringing his inimitable and much-missed style, wit and perspective to the fore.

Hardback, Pan Macmillan, £20


To order either of these books, please email or telephone 0207 439 9921 – we look forward to hearing from you.

And there’s much more information on the National Poetry Day website.

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