By The Bookshop on the Green

It's National Poetry Day! Some of our regular customers will know that bookseller Emily Breeds is also a published poet.  She's revamped our poetry shelves with some thoughtful and thought-provoking new volumes. We hope you enjoy them.

Hourglass: Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2022

Keiran Goddard

£12.99 £12.34

Keiran Goddard will be in conversation with author Luke Goddard at Bournville Hub on Thursday 7th April. Tickets:


Keiran Goddard

£10.00 £9.50


Will Harris

£10.99 £10.44

This is what's on my bedside now - Emily

Loop of Jade

Sarah Howe

£12.00 £11.40

This was the first collection I read and fell in love with.


Alice Oswald

£10.99 £10.44

Hypnotic varied narrative verse which follows the course of the river Dart.

The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway

Jennifer L. Knox


This is inspiring work.


Richard Siken



Ted Hughes

£10.99 £10.44

One of my favourite classics.

If All the World and Love Were Young

Stephen Sexton

£10.99 £10.44


Jasmine Gardosi

£7.50 £7.12

By one of Birmingham's best.


Maggie Nelson

£12.99 £12.34

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Simon Armitage

£10.99 £10.44

The new film based on this mysterious and Christmassy old poem is on Amazon now - it's breathtaking.

The Republic of Motherhood

Liz Berry

£6.00 £5.70

Tender and recognisable poetry about the transition to motherhood. Liz Berry is one of our own - she lives just down the road in Moseley and works with our friends at Writing West Midlands.

Black Country

Liz Berry

£12.00 £11.40

A Commonplace

Jonathan Davidson

£9.95 £9.45

Jonathan Davidson is director of Birmingham Literature Festival, and his latest volume contains his own poems and other people's - poems which matter, which ignite interest and which can be memorised. An interrogation about how poems come into the world and where they belong.

And Still I Rise

Dr Maya Angelou

£8.99 £8.54

Energetic, inspiring, rousing poetry from acclaimed American poet Maya Angelou.

Please Do Not Touch

Casey Bailey

£9.99 £9.49

Casey Bailey is Birmingham's poet laureate


Scarlett Ward

£9.99 £9.49

Truffle Hound

Luke Kennard

£7.50 £7.12

Luke Kennard is a Bournville poet, acclaimed novelist and academic at University of Birmingham - and this pamphlet is published by Verve Poetry Press.

What Girls Do in the Dark

Rosie Garland

£9.99 £9.49

Beautiful new poetry from acclaimed novelist Rosie Garland - a Nine Arches publication.

Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood

Hollie McNish

£9.99 £9.49


Cynthia Miller

£9.99 £9.49

The Iliad

£6.99 £6.64

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

£12.99 £12.34

Notes on the Sonnets

Luke Kennard

£9.99 £9.49

Shortlisted for the 2021 Forward Prize for Best Collection, Luke Kennard recasts Shakespeare's 154 sonnets as a series of anarchic prose poems set in the same joyless house party.

Overheard in a Tower Block: Poems

Joseph Coelho and Kate Milner

£7.99 £7.59

Joseph Coelho came to Bournville BookFest and wowed children with his wonderful poetry. Surprising and joyful.

Poems to Perform: A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children's Laureate

Julia Donaldson and Clare Melinsky

£6.99 £6.64

Selected Poems: Keats

John Keats

£8.99 £8.54

My all-time favourite volume of poetry.

Sylvia Plath Poems Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy

Sylvia Plath

£9.99 £9.49

A Poem for Every Winter Day

Allie Esiri

£14.99 £14.24

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

Allie Esiri and Papio Press

£19.99 £18.99

A Poet for Every Day of the Year

Allie Esiri

£20.00 £19.00

Poetry Please

Various Poets

£9.99 £9.49

The best of the Radio4 picks.

Mrs Scrooge: A Christmas Tale

Carol Ann Duffy DBE and Posy Simmonds

£7.99 £7.59

Frost Fair

Carol Ann Duffy DBE and David De Las Heras

£7.99 £7.59

A tactile gorgeous volume capturing the wintry drama of the old frost fairs, when the Thames would ice over and become a new playground for Londoners.

How to be a Poet

Jo Bell and Jane Commane

£14.99 £14.24

Approachable creative writing handbook which has been a great best-seller for Nine Arches Press.

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