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Bad Time Rhymes


This small book is the result of a national poetry competition, hosted by Grief Encounter, to encourage students to explore the subject of bereavement through poetry.

Many of the poems are written by bereaved children themselves, and movingly convey how it feels to experience the death of someone close. It is beautifully illustrated and can also a valuable teaching resource.

Nice things people have said:

“Poetry is, among other things, a source of comfort and consolation as well as a means of self release and the poems in this anthology are proof of that. The poems make a powerful connection with feelings and give readers the privilege of sharing them.” Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate

“My wife and I received thousands of poems after Holly’s murder which were a great comfort to us. This book offers that comfort and support to anyone who is coming to terms with the death of a loved one.” Kevin Wells, Holly Wells’ father

“We had no idea of the power of writing and reading poetry until our son entered the competition. Bad Time Rhymes has brought this all together and created an amazing resource for both bereaved children, and those unaware of how it feels when someone special dies.” Parent of one of the winners

Edited by Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE and Sue Goodwin.

Also available on Amazon and in selected WHSmith and Waterstones

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Additional information

Weight 0.3 kg