Midnight Feasts. Tasty poems chosen by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury)
Illustrated in full colour by Katy Riddell.
An interesting and quirky mix of poems ancient, fairly old and modern. They all relate to eating in some way or other; they are mostly funny but several do give food for more serious thought. A couple are not for the sensitive: The Yarn of the Nancy Bell by WS Gilbert (of ‘and Sullivan’ fame) was rejected by Punch as ‘too cannibalistic’! The book features some great contributions from well-established modern poets alongside poems by newer writers and those by the likes of Lewis Carroll and other old favourites. Particularly welcome is the fact that the poems feature food (and poets) from places other than Britain. This makes the book that bit more tasty.