When First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posted a thread of her best books for 2018, many users noted the lack of poetry books. In reply, Sturgeon wrote, “If it makes you feel better, one of the new year resolutions is to read more poetry. With the exception of my love for @JackieKayPoet, I’m quite deficient in that regard.”
Scottish poet, Jackie Kay herself was quick to reply, telling the SNP leader that she would happily create a ‘suggested reading list’ for Nicola Sturgeon and, of course, others on Twitter who were eager to hear her recommendations.
True to her promise, Jackie Kay posted the first collection for her reading list, for the month of January, Anthologies. Kay’s recommends include; Making for Planet Alice, Ten Poems about Rivers, England: Poems From A School, Signs and Humours Poetry of Medicine, Red, and She Is Fierce – which features poems by many great Scottish poets, including Jackie Kay herself.
To kick off the FM’s poetry reading list I thought I’d start with some poetry anthologies I love - great for dipping in & out of —perfect for January!— Jackie Kay (@JackieKayPoet) 2 January 2019
I’m going to send a different wee list every month of this year! Fun for me and anyone else can chip in! @NicolaSturgeon pic.twitter.com/BF7Tw9Zica
Jackie Kay, has not only delivered on her original promise with her recommended poetry anthologies but also promised to send a different list each month which we, alongside many Twitter users, are eager to receive. Plus, if you head to Kay’s Twitter, you too can join in and chip in recommendations for Nicola Sturgeon’s poetry education.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Hewett was raised on a sheep and wheat farm. She was initially home educated before attending Perth College, aged 15. While the college was run by Anglican nuns, Hewett was an atheist and remained so her entire life.
Since then Molly has published a book of her poetry, influenced by vulnerable and touching moments working in the NHS, and more recently written her memoir, How To Treat People.
Molly’s empathy and passion for nursing is beautifully displayed in rich and lyrical language in both her poetry and prose. Her writing is a much needed honest and fascinating insight into the underappreciated and underrepresented backbone of the UK’s Nation Health Service.
Find her recital at the 2013 Royal College of Nursing congress below along with links to her books.
Scholars have discovered definitive proof that all works currently attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales were actually written by Chaucer’s wife, Philiipa Roet.
His humour and eccentric way with words made Ivor a truly unique individual- often his stories are fantastical and absolute nonsense, with a twist of unnerving dourness.
His surreal observations are often seen as childlike, with stories that are often tinged with a dark naivety and whimsy.
Check out Beautiful Cosmos below, a lyrical poem written for the only woman in his life to truly understand him- Phyllis King- who co-wrote, and was another driving force behind his success.
Jane Broadis, a primary school teacher in the UK, posted the inspiring poem on Twitter where it went viral within the day, reaching 47k retweets and 158k Likes so far. The young author, known only as ‘AO’, wrote the poem about their struggles with dyslexia- most importantly about people’s perceptions of those with dyslexia. It is a surprising, clever, and thought-provoking poem, and thousands of people fell in love with it all over the internet.
See for yourself below!