Entries by Rebecca Stonehill


Book Review: The Gift

  Poetry, above all, is a series of intense moments – its power is not in narrative. I’m not dealing with facts, I’m dealing with emotion. Carol Ann Duffy  I have long been a fan of both Carol Ann Duffy (renowned poet and the first woman to hold the post of Britan’s Poet Laureate) and […]

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Having fun with Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets

  Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets is an infectiously fun story book written and illustrated by previous children’s laureate Quentin Blake. The wild-haired, eccentric Angelica Sprocket continually pulls one surprising item after another, Mary-Poppins-like, from one of the pockets of her overcoat, much to the delight of the crowd of children gathered around her. I decided to use this […]


Book Review: The Story of Ferdinand

Written by the wonderfully named Munro Leaf and lovingly illustrated in black and white by Robert Lawson, The Story of Ferdinand, set in Spain, was first published in 1936, the same year that the Spanish Civil War (subject of my first novel, The Poet’s Wife!) truly erupted.  Due to the sensitive timing of the book’s publication, […]