Rishi’s in Year 10 at Chestnut Wood High School. He’s handsome, smart and scared. Scared of what? Actually, many things. Part of his problem is he’s deputy leader of the Black Blud Eagles, a vicious Sikh gang at war with Muslim gangs. Rishi wants to quit the Eagles, but Jaggy, their leader and Rishi’s best friend, demands loyalty to the death. And that’s only part of his problem.
Help arrives in the form of Anisha. She knows what Rishi needs to do. Anisha seems very sweet, but can she be trusted, or does she have plans of her own?
‘Once’ is not suitable for children under thirteen.
‘Red’ is a must-have for anyone who enjoys poetry. Starting with the stunning ‘The Ballad of David Peters’ (as featured on ‘Poetry Please’, BBC Radio 4) and ending with the epic ‘Please’, this is an anthology which is consistently accessible, always thought-provoking, often funny and occasionally downright disturbing.
Andy Conner is an original thinker and compelling writer. In ‘Red’, he displays a finely-honed style which always places the reader inside the poem, then heightens the experience via an uncanny knack of picking exactly the right word for each moment.
Such is the strength of this collection, it’s essential reading for anyone who likes to challenge their intellect and imagination. Or, to put it a simple way, do not miss out on this.
‘Red’ is not suitable for children under thirteen.