Give children the power to create their own poetry

Tiny Owl’s Children & Poetry campaign continues

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Poetry can have a profound and almost magical effect on people. One line of a poem can transport us to somewhere else entirely. Writing and reading poetry can help children develop empathy skills, aid literacy, and is fun! With the launch of our latest poetry book Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me we have started a campaign to explore ways that we can encourage children to get involved with poetry. If you’re a parent, teacher or poetry lover then we hope that this campaign will help inspire you to bring amazing poetry to children.

We contacted children’s poets and experts and asked them:

How can we encourage children to discover and embrace poetry for themselves?

We have fantastic responses from Joelle Taylor and Joshua Seigal 

Joelle Taylor: 

Joelle Taylor

Giving children power to create poetry allows them to imagine the world

If we help children to find the power to create their own poetry, that will lead them to other poems and other ways of imagining themselves and the world.

Joelle Taylor is an author, performer, and the founder and artistic director of SLAMbassadors UK. 

Joshua Seigal: 

We can encourage children to read and share poetry with each other

Joshua Seigal

We can encourage children to explore a wide variety of texts, and embrace various media including the spoken word. We can encourage children to read and share poetry with each other, and to experiment with writing their own pieces. We can also invite professional poets into schools to give children a first-hand experience of poetry in action.

Joshua Seigal is an award-winning poet, performer and educator based in the UK. 



  • Check out other responses to our poetry campaign here and here 
  • Read Eloise Greenfield explain how Thinker began

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What makes a story immortal?

An introduction to Bijan and Manije

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By: Mateen Arghandehpour

Bijan and Manije

There is a Finnish poem that says words have magic. I am a strong believer of this. Words enthrall us and cause us to change our lives, just simple words alone. The best words, are quite hardy and become immortal. Words of love are part of these ‘best words’. There is a certain charm to the idea of ‘pure love’. Perhaps it is the rarity, or the beauty, or even the perfect people we unconsciously associate it with in our heads. We long for such things. Bijan & Manije is not a story of pure love, however. Ferdowsi related it in his Shahnameh, The Book of Kings, a thousand years ago in beautiful verse, to tell the story of a woman’s love for a man. It has adventures and heroes and kings and princesses. It holds the key to immortality, and yet, it does not cling to clichés like so many other stories. This is what makes Bijan & Manije’s love immortal. It is their story. It is the magic of the words; magic that is not lost in adaption nor in translation. Reading Bijan & Manije took me on an adventure to long-lost places and there, it showed me great dreams. It takes away stereotypes and expectations, replacing them with strength and expectancy; not all women wait for Prince Charming, not all kings are great, and men do not always set the entire plot. I would call Bijan & Manije an immortal story.

*Mateen Arghandehpour is a PhD candidate of Classics and Ancient History at University College London

  • Watch this book trailer
  • Read this interview with Nicolette Jones: The story of Bijan and Manije spoke to me
  • Read a review by educational consultant Anne Harding: an epic tale of love

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