Poems to Live Your Life By is a collection of forty-six famous and lesser-known poems, personally chosen and beautifully illustrated by author and illustrator Chris Riddell. In these videos Chris reads a selection of poems from the collection, while guiding us through  the stunning drawings inside.


‘I Miss You’ by A F Harrold

A F Harrold is an English poet, performer and children’s author. ‘I Miss You’ is a simple, moving poem about missing someone who is no longer in your life.



‘Smoke Signals’, Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers is an American musician from Los Angeles. ‘Smoke Signals’ is a song from her album Stranger in the Alps.


‘Thirteen’, Kate Tempest

Poet, performer and playwright Kate Tempest addresses themes of gender inequality in this poem from her collection Hold Your Own.


‘Tissue’, Imtiaz Dharker

Pakistan-born English poet Imtiaz Dharker has written six books of poetry, including 2006’s The Terrorist at my Table which the poem ‘Tissue’ is taken from.