New poetry by exceptional and emerging young poets and illustrators

Pop Up 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 will create online and video resources to inspire young readers to write poetry themselves.


Laura Dockrill, performance poet, author and illustrator says:

“Rising Stars is a magical and capturing anthology, full with inventive curiosities and ideas that challenge, inspire and move its readers. It’s a compass towards new and talented writers and proves that poetry is going in a very exciting and brave direction.”

CLiPPA award-winning poet Kate Wakeling says:

“A vibrant anthology of fresh new voices. Here are five poets unafraid to tackle the big themes, each writing with wit, poise, power and heart.”

Caroline Bird, prize-winning performance poet and playwright says:

“You can’t experience something for the first time twice – this is the wisdom of the young, and too often it goes unheard. This anthology from young people to young people is a launchpad for a life of poetry”


To learn more or order your copy please click HERE

Watch videos of the artists reading their poems in our YouTube Playlist.


ARTISTS: poems by Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Ruth AwololaAbigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama & illustrations by Elanor Chuah, Joe Manners & Riya Chowdhury

PARTNERS: Otter-Barry Books / Birmingham City University / SLAMbassadors UK

SUPPORTED BY: Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts