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Oats and Beans and Barley

Oats and Beans and Barley

by Charles Causley

Subtitled 'More Poems by Children of Launceston', this collection follows the earlier volume of poems by the children of Launceston Voluntary Primary School, Cornwall entitled In the Music I Hear published by Arc in 1970.

In his introduction to this volume, Charles Causley writes: "I have chosen what I believe to be among the best work of a class of children aged 8 and 9 during a complete school year from September 1970 to July 1971. An essential aspect of this collection (as with the earlier book) is that it includes a contribution from every member of the group. To me, this demonstrates what I believe to be an important fact: that the writing of poetry is not the prerogative of a small, peculiarly gifted group, but something that can be practised with perfect validity and a considerable sense of achievement by anyone who, at certain moments in life, feels the need to do so... The importance, the value, lies always in the doing."

Published by Arc Publications in Gillingham, Kent. Perfect bound with brown card cover, cover design by Muriel Rowley. 22.8 x 17.7 cms

66 pages
ISBN 0 902771 14 7
Published 1971

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