Poetry Rivals 2016

Taking poetry from the page to the stage!

Poetry Rivals Library

View the winners' poetry collections below.


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  • A fantastic poetry collection by poet Andrew Barber, winner of Poetry Rivals 2009 Slam Final...

    Andrew Barber Reflections From A Broken Mirror
    £5.99

    A fantastic poetry collection by poet Andrew Barber, winner of Poetry Rivals 2009 Slam Final.
    Andrew bares his soul, shares the highs and lows of life with Bipolar Disorder through powerful, thought-provoking and exciting poetry.


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  • Taking the name from the Nina Simone song, Little Boy Blue is a personal and political debut from the 2015 Poetry Rivals Slam Champion Jamal Mehmood.

    Jamal Mehmood Little Boy Blue
    £6.99

    Taking the name from the Nina Simone song, Little Boy Blue is a personal and political debut from the 2015 Poetry Rivals Slam
    Peppered with musical references these poems explore themes such as family, identity, nostalgia, the current state of the world and where the writer fits within it.



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  • The poems collected here tell those stories whether this is an eye opening report from a sex education workshop...

    Laurie Bolger Box Rooms
    £6.99

    Laurie’s debut collection Box Rooms shows that poetry can be your friend.
    Laurie’s debut collection Box Rooms shows that poetry can be your friend. With extraordinary warmth, the poems build into a conversation of friendship , communities, , vegetables, pubs, tea, love and the meanings we find in these and in each other.



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  • Stephen Watt’s collection drifts in and out of the streetlight, like love-children of Alex DeLarge ...

    Stephen Watt SPIT

    £6.99

    Stephen Watt’s collection drifts in and out of the streetlight, like love-children of Alex DeLarge
    (A Clockwork Orange) and Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver), but explored with a new, fresh optimism and darkly comical approach.


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  • This book, drawn partly from experiences during John's long and eventful life and partly from pure...

    John Belcher In A Dusty Mirror – Rhyme, Rhythm and Reminiscence

    This book, drawn partly from experiences during John's long and eventful life and partly from pure
    fantasy, reveals his passion for rhyme and rhythm in poetry today. In prose he records incidents from bygone days and faraway places, nostalgia for some and inspiration to others.


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  • Jim has written poetry since he was 17 and mostly he has done this in pockets of time in-between doing other stuff...

    Jim Clarkson Talking Crow
    £7.99

    Jim has written poetry since he was 17 and mostly he has done this in pockets of time in-between doing other stuff.
    The poems in this collection are a bit miserable. But they are also a bit funny. If you can, please read them at 5 in the morning, or in car parks, or at the top of the stairs waiting for children to go to sleep!


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  • Vanessa combines warm humour with beautifully measured emotion and a sprinkling of bite.

    Vanessa Kisuule Joy Riding The Storm
    £8.99

    Vanessa combines warm humour with beautifully measured emotion and a sprinkling of bite.
    There is a depth and maturity to her work that is remarkable for such a young poet.



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  • The poems collected here tell those stories whether this is an eye opening report from a sex education workshop...

    Sophia Walker Opposite the Tourbus
    £8.99

    The poems collected here tell those stories whether this is an eye opening report from a sex education workshop
    in an everyday British town, or something more harrowing from Iraq of Africa. Sophia points out that it’s not always the journey but the landing that counts, the coming back.



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  • Mark's debut collection includes his most popular performance pieces including work from his live shows....

    Mark Grist Rogue Teacher
    £9.99

    Mark's debut collection includes his most popular performance pieces including work from his live shows.
    The collection also contains his popular poem Girl Who Reads, a piece which has been viewed over 3 million times on YouTube!



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  • Cherry Pie is the new collection from Arts Foundation Award winner Hollie Poetry, inspired by her grandparent’s...

    Hollie Poetry Cherry Pie
    £9.99

    Cherry Pie is the new collection from Arts Foundation Award winner Hollie Poetry, inspired by her grandparent’s
    advice on newspapers, war, sex and tinned cherries. The poems collected in Cherry Pie hold personal meaning for Hollie and are also those which have been requested by audiences in theatres, pubs, festival tents, schools and youth clubs up and down the UK.



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  • The first collection by poet Jess Green is taken from her spoken word show set in an inner city ...

    Jess Green Burning Books
    £9.99

    The first collection by poet Jess Green is taken from her spoken word show set in an inner city
    secondary school suffering the cuts and blows of the Coalition government. Burning Books champions the underdogs; the unnoticed and unheard stories bearing the gritty reality of the UK’s education system.



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