The Book Bus poetry anthology




We’re currently working on the production of a poetry anthology in aid of The Book Bus charity.

The Book Bus aims to improve child literacy rates in Africa, Asia and South America by providing children with books and the inspiration to read them. One of the charity’s trustees is Sir Quentin Blake, whose illustrations are used on the charity’s book buses and website.

Thank you

A huge thank you to everyone who donated their poems for this project. All are currently being carefully reviewed. Please note that unfortunately not everyone’s contribution can be included.

Watch this space for further news.



  1. All in favour of supporting charity with my writing. I will be submitting – though not sure how to ‘sign’ the form if then emailing it!

  2. Hello, there. Thank you for submitting to the anthology. ๐Ÿ™‚ And many thanks for flagging up the misleading request for a signature on the form. That will be amended shortly. Good spot!

  3. Hello, Martin ๐Ÿ™‚ There is no theme – although the final book may be divided into themes (it’s at an early stage). Please submit any poems you wish. Looking forward to your submission.

  4. Hello, Martin – absolutely no hurry at all – this is a very relaxed project, so take your time. If I don’t hear from you after a while, I’ll give you a gentle reminder. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hello, Lรฉa – yes, I see what you mean. You have to click on ‘Contribute your poem’ and then you have to click again in the new window and select ‘open’ or ‘save’ to access the submission document. Hope that’s OK. I’ll also email the submission form to you. Thanks so much for your interest in the anthology. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’d like to submit a poem, but when I tried to submit the completed form, nothing happens! Help!!

  7. Hi, I’m so sorry you’ve had problems. I’ve emailed the form to you and hope that works OK. Thanks so much for submitting. I look forward to hearing from you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I see you have invited suggestions for a title. Here’s one idea:
    “Caught In The Net โ€“ an international anthology of poems from the Internet”
    Here’s another:
    “The Internet Of Poems โ€“ an international anthology etc …”
    “Poems From The Web โ€“ an international etc …”
    Perhaps these will set discussion going. Good luck with the project โ€“ it is really worthwhile.

  9. I do like John’s idea of the net, too, only…”caught” in the net makes it sound like something to do with fishing, or spiders. ๐Ÿ™‚ When I think of a web or a net I also think of the metaphor of Indra’s net. Indraโ€™s net is a metaphor for universal interconnectedness. Itโ€™s as old as ancient Sanskrit and as โ€œtodayโ€ as speculative scientific cosmology. Here’s some of what I read about it on the net….
    “Indra’s net” is the net of the Vedic god Indra, whose net hangs over his palace on Mount Meru, the axis mundi of Hindu cosmology and Hindu mythology. Indra’s net has a multifaceted jewel at each vertex, and each jewel is reflected in all of the other jewels:
    Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each “eye” of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering “like” stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now
    arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look
    closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring.
    This metaphor plays an essential role in the Chinese Huayan school, where it is used to describe the interpenetration of microcosmos and macrocosmos

    I don’t know how this could help with a title for the anthology, but it’s what came to mind when thinking about nets and webs and interconnectedness. Oh, and jewels, and poems….

  10. A truly inspiring, brilliant project. Should love to submit โ€“ thanks for inviting me. Iโ€™ve emailed you for further details.

    My very best,


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