Pop Up Projects and Otter-Barry Books collaborated to present Rising Stars: a poetry anthology launching the work of five young debut poets and three graduate illustrators – all under 26. Each poet presents eight new poems for 10-14 year olds, and created online and video resources to inspire young readers to write poetry themselves.
In 2018, Rising Stars received a special commendation at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s poetry prize CLiPPA.
In 2019, the anthology was featured in EmpathyLab’sRead for Empathy Guide of 15 books to build empathy.
“The five young poets of the anthology Rising Stars are slam-seasoned, pared back to assured, mature, charismatic essentials.”
Imogen Russell Williams, Times Literary Supplement