Announcing a new narrative poem from the new poet laureate,

Simon Armitage

With illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new book from poet laureate Simon Armitage, in collaboration with artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, and Design for Today.

Simon Armitage’s extended narrative poem uses the well-known framework of the Brothers Grimm tale but gives us a new contemporary interpretation and focus. This is a darker, glittering Hansel & Gretel fairy story for the 21st century, of refugees, bombed villages, homelessness, a landscape where nothing is quite as it seems, but of humanity, humour and hope too. 

The powerful story is illustrated by the visual creations of artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins. His compelling Hansel & Gretel characters have appeared as prints, and as a Toy Theatre for Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop and re-imagined here using the imagery of the toy box of mid-century wooden puppets, villages and building blocks in creating a unique, contemporary fairytale landscape.

Hansel & Gretel will be published in a beautiful 96 page hardback edition by Design For Today and published in 2019.

There will also be a signed and numbered limited edition of 100 copies accompanied by two screen prints, printed for this edition by Dan Bugg of The Penfold Press.

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