The Twelve Posters of Christmas: poem posters
Don't worry about unfankling the library fairylights - here are some trouble-free festive decorations. There are twelve posters for you to download and print off this month, on the subject of winter and Christmas.
Just have a look at the posters page, and click the 'winter' tag to find all twelve in pdf form.
Edwin Morgan, The Computer’s First Christmas Card
Clement Clark Moore, A Visit from St. Nicholas
Hamish Whyte, Festive Family Photo
Gerry Cambridge, Processional at the Winter Solstice
Robert Fergusson, The Daft-days
Rab Wilson, Lorry Load o Christmas Trees
Edwin Morgan, Winter
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christmas Bells
Sir Walter Scott, from Marmion
William Bonar, Visiting Winter: A Johannesburg quintet
Donald Campbell, 'Winter Bairns'
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind
The Twelve Days of Christmas: decorations
Well, it is Christmas. Here are a handful of the posters set out as teeny tree decorations - or greetings notes, bookmarks or highly festive shopping lists. Print off the 2 x A4 sheets (in colour if you can run to it), and spend a soothing five minutes cutting them up into little decorations.
Poetry of War
But there is also a good choice of contemporary war poetry.
For display, look out titles such as the new anthology 1914: Poetry Remembers edited by Carol Ann Duffy (Faber, 2013), or her illustrated poem The Christmas Truce (Picador, 2012) by which narrates the Christmas ceasefire between British and German troops in World War One. Popular poet and broadcaster Ian MacMillan has a new book out, The Tale of Walter the Pencil Man (Smokestack Books, Oct 2013).
Mick Imlah’s ‘London Scottish’ and Carol Ann Duffy's ‘War Photographer’ are attractive individual poems for discussion, as is The Not Dead (Pomona Books) by Simon Armitage: watch him discussing his war poetry here. Our Reel Iraq podcast gives an interesting cultural perspective on the experiences of poets living in a conflict zone.
For a pre-World War I perspective, try Kipling's 'Tommy', which still has resonance for many readers today, or explore poems in our World War I selection online which include evocative pieces by writers such as John Buchan and 'Para Handy' author Neil Munro.
T S Eliot Prize reading group resources
The T S Eliot Prize shortlist - winners announced in January - is now out.
Each year, the Poetry Book Society (who run the T S Eliot Prize) provide these excellent reading group resources - a free download on each of the shortlisted poets' books, with three sample poems and a biography and photo of the poet.
National Poetry Day 2013
Thank you to all the librarians and teachers who have sent in photos and news of National Poetry Day celebrations which we're putting up here.
If you've got more news or photos to share, or you'd like to send us comments about NPD resources, please email us.
£50 Amazon vouchers are waiting to be drawn.. for the lucky librarian or teacher who has helped us out with our National Poetry Day feedback questions by Friday 8 November. Please take a minute to complete the feedback! NPD 2013 feedback for librarians