National Poetry Day: Read poems by three brilliant rising stars

Published on: 27 September 2017 Author: Catriona Wightman

It's National Poetry Day, and to celebrate we have a preview of a fantastic new anthology.

Rising Stars

We're planning to speak in rhyme (wahey), because it's National Poetry Day (hooray)! And what better way to celebrate than with three fantastic new poems?

We're so excited about the new anthology Rising Stars, New Young Voices in Poetry, which features fantastic verses from Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme and Amina Jama.

The collection - a collaboration between Otter-Barry Books and the community arts organisation Pop-Up Projects - isn't actually out until next month.

But in celebration of National Poetry Day we've got our hands on a lovely sneak preview of three of the poems in the collection.

Below, you'll find 'Pray' by Amina Jama, 'Pockets' by Ruth Awolola and 'Afro Hair Haiku' by Victoria Adukwei Bulley - click on the images if you'd like a bigger version! 

Pray by Amina Jama


Afro Hair Haiku by Victoria Adukwei Bulley


Pockets by Ruth Awolola

Rising Stars, New Young Voices in Poetry is published by Otter-Barry Books in association with Pop Up Projects and Arts Council England, with poems by Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme and Amina Jama and illustrations by Riya Chowdhury, Elanor Chuah and Joe Manners. It will be published on 26 October.

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