Christmas 2018 Poetry Pamphlets by Candlestick Press


Ten Poems about Robins

The poetry pamphlets by Candlestick Press are always received well by readers of my blog and so I am delighted to share two new poetry pamphlets released for Christmas.

The first is Ten Poems about Robins. Christmas would not be Christmas without our colourful Robins, they are just so synonymous with the festive period.


As the introduction to this wonderful collection of poetry by the Scottish poet Hamish Whyte says, “The Robin is Britain’s favourite bird”. So it is an absolute joy to read these ten poems. Robins are a gardener’s best friend yet they also know food will be close by. Even as the short cold days of winter encroach the Robin can be heard singing in the small hours. Many of my followers on Twitter know of my Robin in the garden very early in the morning that greets me with a song as a put some food out.

In this collection the poems are:

  1. The Red Robin – John Clare
  2. Robin’s Round – UA Fanthorpe
  3. Real Life Christmas Card – Norman MacCaig
  4. After Christmas – Peter Walton
  5. The Key-Note – Christina Rossetti
  6. To the Robin – Fleur Adcock
  7. ‘I Watch the Robin’ – Hamish Whyte
  8. ‘You’ll Know Her- by Her Foot – Emily Dickinson
  9. Robin Redbreast – Stanley Kunitz
  10. Gardener’s Friend – John Freeman


The poems can be enjoyed anytime of the year but this would make just the perfect Christmas card as it comes with a beautiful bookmark and also a poetry post card of a Robin.



Christmas Lights: Ten Poems for Dark Winter Nights

As I write this many towns here in the South West are about to switch on their Christmas lights which heralds for many the start of the festive period. A time of cathering with family and friends, shopping, eating roast chestnuts while looking at festive window displays in the shops.

But it also means the start of Winter, those short days and long dark cold nights. Brightened by the twinkling Christmas lights. Candlestick Press have just released Christmas Lights: Ten Poems for Dark Winter Nights. A wondrous collection of poetry that brings light to the darkness of winter. Yet there is light whether from Christmas lights or to the Parisian heartland and the glittering of a frozen lake were people skate or the magical Northern Lights in the dead of winter.

  1. Christmas Lights – Stephen Keeler
  2. Unity Brass Band – Kim Moore
  3. A Winter’s Tale of the Present in a Matchbox – Zaffar Kunial
  4. Christmas Eve Fire at Barrington Cement Works – John Clegg
  5. Museum of Angels – Amali Rodrigo
  6. Sugar Nana – Hannah Lowe
  7. Hush – Tony Curtis
  8. Northern Lights – Nancy Campbell
  9. Skater on the Lake – Niall Campbell
  10. Les Lumières de Paris – Katherine Gallagher

A collection that will brighten your dark winter’s nights as you prepare for the Christmas season. As with The Ten Poems about Robins, this will make an ideal Christmas card as it comes with a bookmark and a poetry postcard.


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Candlestick Press are a small independent publisher based in Nottingham and were founded in 2008. The team consists of four dedicated people in Di Slaney (Publisher), Kathy Towers (Assistant Editor) and two admin assistants. Their aim is simple to spread the joy of poetry to adults and children alike who love poetry and or may be just beginning their journey in to enjoying poetry. These small pamphlets are just ideal for bedtime reading or like I have been doing and that is enjoying them on journeys.

They have published so many of these beautiful pamphlets on a wide range of topics from Christmas to Cricket, from Dogs to Sheep and even Clouds. With Christmas not too far away this is an ideal time to think of sending cards to loved ones and friends. The pamphlets of stories and poetry make the ideal gift to send. For more information, please visit the Candlestick Press website: Here


Thanks you to Candlestick Press for the review copy of Ten Poems about Robins and Christmas Lights: Ten Poems about Dark Winter Nights. Published by Candlestick Press and both are available via Candlestick Press.