Whether you are looking for inspiration or expression, reflection or recognition, Winning Words is a book for every occasion, to let the spirit soar.
Faster, higher, stronger: winning words are those that inspire you on to Olympian goals. From falling in love to overcoming adversity, celebrating a new born or learning to live with dignity: here is a book to inspire and to thrill through life's most magical moments. From William Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, our most popular and best loved poets and poems are gathered in one essential collection, alongside many lesser known treasures that are waiting to be discovered. These are poems that help you to see the miraculous in the commonplace and turn the everyday into the exceptional - to discover, in Kipling's words, that yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.
Winning Words is a public art project designed to create new encounters with poetry during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and to create a legacy of inspiring words for future generations. It is a major project of the Forward Arts Foundation, one of the UK's leading organisations for poetry and aims to 'carpet the nation in poetry', engaging millions of people with the written word in new and unique contexts. The Forward Arts Foundations' other major projects include the prestigious Forward Prize for poetry and National Poetry Day.