Kids' poetry tour for Emma Press

Kids' poetry tour for Emma Press

Independent publisher Emma Press is launching a 15-date national poetry tour for children aged 9-12, thanks to a grant from Arts Council England.
 
Starting today (7th July) with an event at the Tales on Moon Lane Festival in London, the publisher will run a series of storytelling and poetry-writing workshops with poets including Joseph Coelho (whose poetry has been published by Frances Lincoln), Kate Wakeling (Salt) and Andrew Wynn Owen (Emma Press).
 
As well as the going to the Tales on Moon Lane festival, which is run by Tales on Moon Lane bookshop in partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery, the tour will visit Penzance Literary Festival, Bags of Books children’s bookshop in Lewes, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow’s Village Storytelling Centre, Loogabarooga Festival in Loughborough, and community libraries in Slough, Woodley, Wokingham.
 
The last stop will be the Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham
 
Emma Wright, founder of the Emma Press, said: “We want to use the tour to draw attention to the importance of poetry for children of all ages: it’s a terrible shame how poetry seems to drift from being a ubiquitous delight for younger children, present in nearly all picture books, into something you just read at school.”
 
She added: “We hope that our events inspire children with a sense of ownership of both language and stories, and that we contribute to their ongoing enjoyment of literature.”
 
The tour follows the publication of the Emma Press’s first children’s book, Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters, edited by Wright along with Rachel Piercey.
 
Wright, who used to work for Orion, launched the company in 2013 and in that year also won an Arts Council grant to organise a tour of erotic poetry readings.