51 ways to lose a balloon …

… is a poem by Craig Raine. It’s a list poem. You could write one like it. I imagine you will have plenty of your own ideas. It begins kike this: Here is your balloon. Heart-shaped, hard with helium, filled from an iron cigar. It has more creases than your baby sister’s arm. Be careful. … Continue reading 51 ways to lose a balloon …

Magnifying glass

The poet, Alice Oswald, often places walking at the centre of her writing. She walks the distance of the rivers she has written about – the Rover Dart, the Severn – and she walks  in the lanes around her Devon home. Last week, when asked what she had been doing during this time of enforced isolation, … Continue reading Magnifying glass

The Things That I Love about Trees

Using a first person narrative, this beautiful picture book works it way through the seasons telling its readers what is special about trees throughout the year. The pages also hold snippets of information which link to the main text. Although it is not technically part of the Nature Storybooks series by Walker Books, it follows … Continue reading The Things That I Love about Trees