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A Time to Speak and a Time to Listen (Hardback)

by 100 poems for schools, selected by Celia Warren

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Suitable for: Key Stage 2 level for ages 7 to 13

ISBN: 9780721712253

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An illustrated collection of poetry for children and young people from age nine upwards, structured around the verses beginning, 'There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven' - which have had universal appeal for more than two thousand years, and are presented in full as a Prologue to the anthology.

The 100 poems included, written by over 70 different poets, reflect with thoughtfulness, candour and humour on the many contrasting themes of the verses that inspired them, for example, birth and death, weeping and laughing, love and hate.

Poems by well-known modern poets are interspersed with the work of older classics by writers such as John Donne, Edward Thomas, Thomas Hardy and John Masefield. Care has been taken to ensure that boys as well as girls will be drawn to the content - by the inclusion of narrative poems, for example - and the wide cultural appeal is enhanced by the contributions of writers such as Debjani Chatterjee and Gieve Patel. Eight poems by contemporary writers are published here for the first time - including items by Roger Stevens, Jan Dean and Nick Toczek.

As a collection, the poems will:

  • improve children’s phonic awareness and fluency as readers and develop their vocabulary
  • encourage children to appreciate the richness and variety of poetry - perhaps for the first time
  • provide ideal opportunities for discussion and for reading aloud and performing poetry
  • help children to develop new ways of exploring and understanding the world around them
  • encourage emotional literacy as children encounter for the first time some of the varied ‘seasons’ of life.

Book Celia Warren

Celia Warren is available for readings, performances and workshops in schools by arrangement. Please email if you would like to organise a poetry event with Celia at your school


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What a little treasure chest for teachers! In this collection of 100 poems, you will find a wealth of inspiration for well over 100 lessons. Whether you wish to initiate a discussion, or encourage children to listen or write, the poems in A Time to Speak will serve you well. This book will help you rediscover some classic poems, and will introduce you to some exciting new poets. Some anthologies defeat browsing attempts; they contain so many poems, the reader doesn't quite know where to start! A Time to Speak gives you just enough to sink your teeth into, without giving you indigestion. A delightful book that offers teachers practical help.

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This is a rare and beautiful collection of poems and a wonderful classroom resource, some old favourites as well as new poems published for the first time. I was delighted to find ‘Cargos’ and ‘Ozymandias’, poems my father used to recite to me at bedtimes when I was a child, as the esteemed company of Coral Rumble’s hilarious ‘Pantomime Poem’, Liz Brownlee’s gorgeous ‘An Elephant is born’ and Rachel Rooney’s empowering ‘Target’. There are too many delicious goodies in it to mention them all, however I will say this book is beautifully balanced and takes the reader on a veritable rollercoaster of emotions. You should definitely buy this book if you’re a teacher looking to inspire your class or anyone at all who just loves poetry and wants a book to dip in and out of whenever there’s a quiet moment.

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I know I have a poem in this book, and so you may think I'm a bit biased - but I have to say that Celia has really hit the mark with this collection. I'm so impressed. This is a REALLY good anthology. Absolutely, definitely buy it for your school.

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