Thursday, 29 October 2015

Reading Poetry: Where to Start

Afternoon, folks! Today I filmed one of my most requested videos: a video of poetry recommendations for those who are new to the genre. You can watch it over here and a list of all the books mentioned in the video are below. xx


Forward Prize:
Best British Poetry:

Eating Fire by Margaret Atwood
The Asylum Dance by John Burnside:
Apocrypha by Catherynne M. Valente

The Patron Saint of School Girls by Liz Berry

Kate Tempest:
Hollie McNish:

No Matter the Wreckage Sarah Kay:

What We Buried by Caitlyn Siehl

What the Water Gave Me by Pascale Petit

Poems from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory by Simon Barraclough

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

Some Planet by John Montara

Glass, Irony and God by Anne Carson:

Grief is the Thing With Feathers:
Crow by Ted Hughes

Emily Dickinson Collected Poems
Fair Copy by Rebecca Hazelton

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Beautiful Cover

Afternoon, folks!

The donation page for the 100 Poem Challenge closes in just under three days, and I'm thrilled that so far we've raised over £3000 for The Book Bus! I'll be handwriting the poems on postcards after that, and the limited edition poetry pamphlets will be printed shortly. The cover for the pamphlet has been designed by the wonderful and generous Leo Nickolls - I love it and I hope you do, too.

You've still got a couple of days to buy the poetry collection if you'd like to (it'll never be printed again). Click here for more info, and you can read all of the 100 poems on this blog, just click here and scroll down.

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated and spread the word. The money is going to a fabulous place. xxxx

Thursday, 8 October 2015


Morning, folks! Yesterday I finished the 100 Poem Challenge - phewf! You can read all of the poems on this blog.

Thanks so much to everyone who has been reading, spreading the word on Twitter, offering virtual cups of tea and donating over on Indiegogo. You've been wonderful.

Remember, all donations go to the FABULOUS Book Bus, who send mobile libraries out to rural communities in Malawi, Zambia and Ecuador, helping children learn how to read and tell their own stories. Check out their Twitter feed to see what they've been up to recently. They are some of the best humans.

The donation page will be up for another 16 days over here - as I type this we're nearly at £2500! - perks are up for grabs including handwritten poems on postcards and limited edition poetry pamphlets of all 100 poems. However many we sell before the donation page closes will be the number that are printed (they won't be printed again). The fabulous Leo Nickolls is very generously making a cover for the pamphlet and it'll be posted out to all who buy one a few weeks after the Indiegogo page closes, numbered and signed.

Stories, stories, stories. Stories for everyone.

You're all lovely.

Excuse me, I'm going to go put the kettle on.

Lots of bookish love

Jen xxxxx

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

100 Poem Challenge - IT'S TODAY!

Hello folks,

Thank you so much for your donations so far - you're all wonderful. If you haven't donated and you want to, you can do so over here; The Book Bus do wonderful things. Perks are up for grabs, such as handwritten poems on postcards and limited edition poetry pamphlets. If you're not able to donate, it would be wonderful it you could share the link.

I'm going to be posting the 100 poems on this blog over the next two days (finishing by midnight Wednesday 7th October).

If you have any key words/photos to inspire poems, tweet me at @aeroplanegirl 

On with the poems!

lots of bookish love,

Jen xx