This year marks ten years of Look North More Often, a collaborative Christmas poetry programme. Since 2009, The Poetry Society has commissioned a new poem by a children’s writer to celebrate the friendship between Oslo and London, as symbolised by the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. Joseph Coelho wrote this year’s poem, taking inspiration from London […]
The Poetry Society will once again collaborate in one of London’s favourite events when we welcome the Christmas Tree to Trafalgar Square with a new poem premiered by schoolchildren at the lighting up ceremony on 1 December at 6pm. This year’s poem is written by poet Julia Copus with the help of children from London […]
Ian McMillan’s new poem, inspired by the poetry of London primary schoolchildren celebrates the annual gift of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree.
Step closer, please, and hear my song. It won’t take long, it won’t take long. I hold my secret in the frost I keep my secret in the cold I hold it tight; it can’t get lost: A secret as shiny as gold. Fly me high through winter air Take me over freezing seas […]
1. I’m a sapling And I want to know the answers. Why do my leaves move when the wind blows? Why does the sun shine so brightly And why does it disappear at night? Why do children scream and shout? How and where and when and why? I want to know the answers. 2. I’ve […]
I am your tree. I grew in the north, Year by year in the seasoned earth. Sift, white shift, snowflakes, stars: I was storm-shelter for carolling birds. Dear creatures, what gifts have you brought? The fresh mint of light. The dancing moon. The hooves of reindeer, prancing on air. […]
Deep in the forest there stood A tree whose heart beat in the winter wood Who understood everything that was bad And everything that was good. It extended long arms to woo you As the winter wind blew and blew And every thing a child could think, The tree already knew. And every […]
Like a poem around a tree Like a freedom flag unfurled A homeless refugee I have travelled round the world I remember slanted mountains with dusted white peaks ivory snow and emerald green trees. I remember the tickle going up my spine when birds settled on my branches. The soft footfall of a passing fox. […]
Peace is the season’s anthem And goodwill the battle cry. And on this holy of holly nights pine needles on fire pierce the frost the heavens give their best high fives and snowmen packed tightly warm follow the stars of children’s hands for snowmen are made out of love and mean human kind no harm.
Mother Tree, Memory Tree, Tree of Time and Tree of Music, Tree of Love and Tree of Sorrow, Tale that’s told In motionless mime. I threw rocks at the apple tree And the apple tree Threw apples at me: The Tree of Luck is the best tree ever: God take care Of the caring tree. […]
It was still very far from Christmas When my momma said to me: Tell me, Precious, what you going to hang On our Christmas tree? I said: the fairy-lights that Dad just fixed! And… jewel-coloured jelly-beans from the pick’n’mix – Oh, and from it I’ll dangle tinsel in tangles, Sparkles, sequins and spangles, A round […]
It’s probably the most famous Christmas tree in the world, and its lighting-up ceremony has come to signify the beginning of the Christmas season in the British capital. Since 2009, The Poetry Society has worked with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London to create a poetry project inspired by the tree, which is now established as […]