Poet Mandy Coe Invites Children to Create a Poem at Simply Books!

Children’s Poet Mandy Coe at Simply Books
Award-winning children’s poet, Mandy Coe, invited children to ‘Create A Poem’ with her at independent bookshop, Simply Books, in Bramhall this week. Contributors were encouraged to write their ideas on the shop’s ‘Graffiti Wall’ before Mandy put all the ideas together into a Manchester Children’s Book Festival poem.
Festival Director, Kaye Tew, said of the event,

“When we were organising the itinerary for this weekend’s Free Poetry events, we especially wanted to include independent bookshops like Simply Books because they are the ones who are working hard to promote children’s poetry. They organise book clubs for children and also visit schools to encourage children to engage with poetry.”

At the event, Mandy used the children’s ideas to put together a poem about the bookshop. She also worked with 7-year-old Eva, who was visiting the shop with her grandma, to create a poem about diving and dancing dolphins!

Mandy, who recently edited the Manchester Children’s Book Festival poetry anthology, Let in the Stars, said,

“What better place to celebrate and share children’s poetry with the community than in a local bookshop.”

Guests were also treated to shop owner, Andrew’s, delicious homemade cakes and were even visited by Mandy’s fellow poet, Matt Goodfellow. Matt, whose new collection, Carry Me Away, is out later this year, also contributed to Let in the Stars with his poems, Another Place’, ‘The Old Sailor’s Song’ and ‘With the Waterfalls.’

Let in the Stars, which is available to buy at Simply Books, is a celebration of poetry for all ages. As Mandy said,

“This collection will accompany any child into adulthood.”

To find out more about this fantastic collection, click here.

Or if you feel inspired to have a go at creating your own poem, just like Eva and Mandy, then have a look at our Manchester Children’s Book Festival International Reading and Writing Relay and share some of your work.
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