|Children’s Poet Mandy Coe at Simply Books|
“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.”
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.’
“This collection will accompany any child into adulthood.”
To find out more about this fantastic collection, click here.