Tag Archive for: Australia

How to Bee - Bren MacDibble

Nine-year-old Peony wants to be a bee – but all the bees in Australia have died, and children like her have to pollinate the fruit trees with feather wands. It’s a great introduction to dystopian fiction for readers aged eight to twelve.


Read our Librarian’s top climate choices for children here.

Using this poetic form (of five 3-line stanzas and a final quatrain) throughout to great effect, John Kinsella’s latest collection is a work of ecological and political passion. The birds and animals of Western Australia, its landscape of vibrant colours and panoply of sounds are described in vivid detail, so much so that the reader almost feels part of this antipodean environment.

And it is the ecological destruction of the environment and the politics behind it that are the target of the poet’s rage and frustration. This is indeed a powerful and necessary work from a powerful and necessary poet who believes that poetry is one the most effective activist modes of expression and resistance we have.