Being Alive: the sequel to Staying Alive edited by Neil Astley

Recommended by Jonny Kay (@jonnykayteacher)

Form and genre: Poetry

Length: 482 pages


 An anthology of poems that touch the heart. This anthology gives readers hundreds of poems that stir the mind and fire the spirit. Thoughtful, unique and diverse – a wonderful book.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Mature subject matter is covered at times. Recommended for Y11 primarily, though some (selected) poems are relevant for all year groups.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: The plethora and breadth of the topics and subjects covered. Everything from love and loss to relationships and family and the wider world. From the classic to the modern day, a fantastic read.