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A Choosing - Selected Poems

Author: Liz Lochhead

Publisher: Birlinn (2011)

A stunning new collection of selected works from one of Scotland's most loved writers. During her career Liz Lochhead has been described variously as a poet, feminist playwright, translator and broadcaster but has said that "when somebody asks me what I do I usually say writer. The most precious thing to me is to be a poet. If I were a playwright, I'd like to be a poet in the theatre." Liz Lochhead has a large and devoted audience and delights audiences where she goes.

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A Sackful Of Limericks

Author: Michael Palin

Publisher: Random House Books (2016)

A headmaster’s son called McNaught Got a fright of the nastiest sort, For when cleaning his teeth He found bits of Keith And others his father once taught. Many of the limericks in this collection first appeared in Michael Palin’s Limericks.

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A Season In Hell

Authors: Arthur Rimbaud, Oliver Bernard

Publisher: Penguin Classics (1995)

A SEASON IN Hell A poet’s descent into the depths of hell and spiritual discovery

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A Year Of Reading Aloud

Author: Georgina Rodgers

Publisher: Yellow Kite (2018)

A Year of Reading Aloud celebrates the power of spoken word with a poem to learn and love for each week of the year. Drawing both on familiar favourites and new voices, from Sylvia Plath and Maya Angelou to Instapoets Nikita Gill and Yrsa Daley-Ward - this is a book that will capture your imagination through verse and help you fall back in love with this beautiful art form. The ancient tradition of learning and reciting poetry is renowned for its wellbeing benefits - from strengthening the mind and boosting creativity to improving memory. The practice is as valuable as ever in our busy modern day lives, allowing us to focus on the rhythm of the present moment, slow down and switch off.

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And Still I Rise

Author: Maya Angelou

Publisher: Virago Press Ltd (1986)

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Assurances

Author: J.O. Morgan

Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2018)

A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War: the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction. Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are. We listen to the whirring minds of machines; to the voice of the bomb itself. We spy on enemy agents: always there, always somewhere close at hand. Assurances is an intimate, dramatic work for many voices: lyrical, anxious, fragmentary and terrifying; a poem about the nuclear stalemate, the deterrent that is still in place today: how it works and how it might fail, and what will vanish if it does.

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Ballads

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louis Stevenson's book of ballads draws on the traditional stories of his native Scotland as well as on the fantastical places of his imagination.

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Ballads Of A Bohemian

Author: Robert W Service

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Ballads Of A Cheechako

Author: Robert W Service

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Barrack-Room Ballads

Author: Rudyard Kipling

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