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198 x 129mm


96 pages

Pub Date

Aug 10, 2023



Age 7+

Welcome to Wild Town

By AF Harrold and Dom Conlon
Illustrated by Korky Paul

An exciting first collaboration between two acclaimed poets, exploring the nature of ‘wildness’.

Do you dare to come to Wild Town?

You’ll find zebras dancing in Herbivoreville, or if you feel like a change, book into the Chrysalis Hotel in Fluttertown – no room service. Watch out for the tigers of Bengal Street in the Carnivore Quarter and maybe avoid the fish tank in number 3, Danger Close - it’s stocked with piranhas and electric eels. In Wolf Park you may come across a silent, stalking wolf and at the Wild Town Rec polar bears are pushing on the slide and orcas are in the paddling pool. While at the quiet end of town dormice are sleeping and grumpy Bertha the Bear is slumbering.

One thing is certain – you will never be the same after a visit to Wild Town, and when you leave, the wild will go with you….

An exciting poetry adventure, a journey of wild encounters in streets, houses and parks - this is an astonishing and brilliant poetry collection by two of the UK’s most admired poets. Illustrated with verve and wit by the internationally bestselling illustrator Korky Paul.



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Dom Conlon


Dom Conlon is a poet and author with a keen interest in science and the natural world. His previous books include This Rock That Rock, nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2021 and the Wild Wanderers series of picture books about the natural world. Welcome to Wild Town is his first poetry collection for Otter-Barry Books. He lives in Lancashire.

A.F. Harrold


A.F. Harrold is a poet and performer best known for his big beard, his daft absurdism and his critically acclaimed children’s novels. He has been sharing his poems on stage, in schools, at comedy and cabaret nights, literary festivals and poetry slams for well over 20 years and hasn’t lost his voice yet. He lives in Reading with another children’s author and two cats.


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