Joined Up Learning

'Time Flies, but in between we have big hairy dogs, the colour of death, annoying brothers, soap-loving mothers and light at the end of the tunnel thanks to some inspired word and pictures from the pupils of Merkland School.'

Jan Patience, arts journalist, The Herald


'The directness and simplicity with which these writers approached their subjects gave their work great power and truth.'

Anne Donovan, author of Buddha Da


'Putting the anima in animals, the mysterious life force that makes each kind of creature, species specific, that's what football commentators call, a 'big ask'. The poets and printmakers selected in this delectable collection rise triumphantly to the challenge of the modern day bestiary, with the familiar, squirrels, and the less frequently sighted, jaguars, wolves and even were-wolves. And the ambition continues: thoughtful, never solemn or ponderous reflections on vast themes, death, fear, the afterlife, assassination. Finally family poems of grace and gravitas that wear their hearts on their sleeves and their learning lightly. A source and resource to cherish.'

Donny O'Rourke, poet, journalist, broadcaster


'Words and images dance together beautifully in this collection and I challenge any reader not to find something engaging. Lochhead and Rodger are a formidable double act and the youngsters have produced an astonishingly assured publication. If only all children had the opportunity to learn from the masters.'

Peter McCormack, curator, Auld Kirk Museum


'A celebration of poetry and illustrations which observe animals, joys family and fears. The project is a tribute to Willie Rodger and Liz Lochhead's inspiring collaboration with the pupils.'

Jane Cameron, curator, University of Stirling