Joined Up Learning

'From the Den of the Bear comes fresh from the worlds of young people, from the here and now. There is a disarming directness of thought and feeling in these illustrated poems that aims straight at the heart of things. Under the expert guidance of Willie Rodger and Liz Lochhead it is remarkable how often they hit the target and sometimes, even the bullŐs eye.'

Peter McCormack, curator, Auld Kirk Museum


'Perhaps every young person in Bearsden is a 'Honey Detective'. I hope so. Are there lemurs? Monkeys? Foxes, they surely have, and most creatures great and small are expertly presented in the poems and prints assembled here. Substantial ideas are conjured with too: justice, hope, friendship, quite a feat for young writers to achieve whilst avoiding the over generalised and vaguely vapid. Relationships constitute this outstanding publication's third section, where love, family ties and the bonds of friendship are celebrated with flair, finesse and feeling. Wonderful work.'

Donny O'Rourke, poet, journalist, broadcaster


'Images of love, rage and freedom, the honey detective and sadness in the eye of the elephant are all part of this inspiring collection of poetry and illustrations. Willie Rodger and Liz Lochhead have inspired the Den of the Bear!'

Jane Cameron, curator, University of Stirling


'Memorable imagery and reflective observations gave these poems great strength.'

Anne Donovan, author of Buddha Da


'From the Den of the Bear comes love, laughter, boredom, brilliance, rage, hope, frustration, pain, fear, freedom... and a little bit of animal magic.'

Jan Patience, arts journalist, The Herald