Shortlisted for the CLiPPA Award 2019








Jul 4, 2018

Pub Date



Age 9+

Dark Sky Park

Poems from the Edge of Nature

By Philip Gross
Illustrated by Jesse Hodgson

"worm dreaming
dreaming root and branch
and whale and ant
and dinosaur and
you and me"

Black smokers, glacier worms and tardigrades… arctic terns, snow leopards and the Aleppo cat… living in the Abyss, conquering Everest, marvelling at the Northern Lights.

An exciting and thought-provoking celebration of all that is extraordinary in the natural world. Includes fascinating information about the creatures depicted.


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"Philip Gross has chosen to celebrate some of the most unusual and unknown aspects of the natural world in this mesmerising anthology which had me wondering, learning, looking and so much more. Quite apart from being captivated by his poetic voice, I came away all the richer for what I learnt about worms, tardigrades, terns, even ivy!... It's a collection that works on so many levels."

Reading Zone 5 star review


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Philip Gross


Philip Gross is a multi-award-winning poet, writing for both children and adults. In 2009 his collection The Water Table won the T.S. Eliot Prize, in 2010 I Spy Pinhole Eye was Wales English-language Book of the Year, and his children’s collection, Off Road to Everywhere, was awarded the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Prize in 2011. He visits schools across the UK, working with teachers and leading writing workshops. He has taught creative writing at Bath Spa University, and from 2004 to 2017 he was Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. He lives in Penarth.

Jesse Hodgson


Jesse Hodgson graduated in 2012 with a First class BA (Hons) in Illustration from the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her first picture book, Pongo, was Highly Commended in the Macmillan Children’s Book Awards 2012. Jesse lives and works in Bristol as an illustrator and music teacher. She makes her images using colouring pencils and also works with inks and print.


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