Reaching the Stars


Poetry from Jan Dean, Liz Brownlee and Michaela Morgan is assembled in this collection about women- women’s roles, perceptions about women, and women from history,  sport, education and science. Although the subjects are different, the themes are similar; these women defy expectation and rise to challenges, most often not of their own making.

From phossy jawed match girls, to Rachel Carson, Red Bird, to Women of WW1 (Michaela Morgan’s ‘Unknown Worriers’), Malala Yousafzai, to a young Leicestershire charity worker- these women are described and celebrated in poetry that is accessibly and beautifully crafted.

Alongside biographical and historical themed poems, is verse that plays with assumptions of femininity, from the fairytale happy ending, to the ‘child that is born on… ‘ rhyme, choosing friends, to aspirations of being a princess.

The poetry is proud rather than aggressive, alert, often funny, and clearly determined. Every poem is empowering without need of a laser beam punch. ‘Reaching the Stars‘ is a wonderful selection, ideal for any ‘modern girl from planet Earth’.


Reaching the Stars

Poems About Extraordinary Women & Girls

Jan Dean, Liz Brownlee & Michaela Morgan

(Pan Macmillan)

‘Reaching the Stars‘ is a bold collection of poetry. It includes historical narratives, biographical descriptions, wars on womanly containment, inspiring cries and rallying rhymes. This wonderful book is ideal for school and family.


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