Poems to Live Your Life By, illustrated and read aloud by Chris Riddell

Author and illustrator Chris Riddell reads and illustrates poems from Poems to Live Your Life By.

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’, Kae Tempest

Poet, performer and playwright Kae Tempest addresses themes of gender inequality in this poem from their 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.

Poems to Live Your Life By

Book cover for Poems to Live Your Life By

In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for The Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.
This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six poems and is divided into sections covering: musings, youth, family, love, imaginings, nature, war and endings. Chris Riddell brings them to life with his exquisite, intricate artwork in this beautiful anthology.

This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses from William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, W. B. Yeats and Christina Rossetti sit alongside poems from Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy, Neil Gaiman and Roger McGough to create the ultimate collection.