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Will You Be My Friend? New & Selected Poems for the Young and the Young at Heart

Gabriel Fitzmaurice

ISBN: 978-1-910669-37-2

Page Count: 150

Publication Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cover Artwork: Brenda Fitzmaurice

About this Book

This new edition of Will You Be My Friend brings together over 100 of Gabriel Fitzmaurice’s best-loved poems chosen from his collections for children together with more than thirty new poems, including a selection of his poems in Irish. Enjoyed by both the young and the young at heart, the poems range from the silly to the serious, from the sad to the happy, from the naughty to the nice. Childhood, family, school, animals, the seasons and festivals of the year are all seen through the eyes of a child.


‘The Irish A.A. Milne.’  
Declan Kiberd  The Sunday Tribune

‘Fitzmaurice is the children’s poet who, more than any other... strikes a true chord in the childlike heart.’
Eilís Ní Dhuibhne  The Lion and the Unicorn, USA

‘Full of real spontaneous fun.’ 
Ted Hughes

‘Silly poems and serious poems, nice poems and naughty poems, with numerous echoes of the real world of home, school, children and parents.’
Robert Dunbar  The Irish Times

‘Ireland’s favourite poet for children.’  
Claire Ranson  Best Books!

‘Gabriel Fitzmaurice’s engaging collection of New & Selected Poems Will You Be My Friend? is guaranteed to delight pupils and teachers alike.’
Sheila Nunan  INTOUCH

Author Biography

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. For over thirty years he taught in the local primary school from which he retired as principal in 2007. He is author of more than fifty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in English and Irish. He has published two volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. Poems of his have been set to music and recorded by Brian Kennedy and performed by the RTÉ Cór na nÓg with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on culture and the arts. 
He has been described as “the best contemporary, traditional, popular poet in English” in Booklist (U.S), “a wonderful poet” in the Guardian, “one of Ireland’s leading poets” and “poetry’s answer to John B. Keane” in Books Ireland, “Ireland’s favourite poet for children” in Best Books! and “the Irish A.A. Milne” by Declan Kiberd in the Sunday Tribune.

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