Forwards Always

Poems to be read aloud


This book is a toy, a script, a game and a puzzle. It is a collection of very silly poems, and how you choose to make sense of them is entirely up to you.


ISBN: 9781800660359 Category:


Silly, heartfelt, nonsense poems to be read aloud with friends and loved ones.

I’m having jelly for tea
I’m having jelly for tea
It’s not even my birthday
But I’m having jelly for tea

Forwards Always is a collection of poems to be read aloud. The poems are activated through performance and play. There are daft poems, quiet poems, wonky poems and dancing poems.

The book is a puzzle. Make sense of it together, listen to it, take turns, hold it upside down and wear it as a hat. Have fun and find your own way forwards.

Additional information

Weight 234 g
Dimensions 13.8 x 20.4 cm
Publisher name Cicada Books Ltd
Publication date 5 September 2023
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions 13.8 x 20.4 cm
Weight 234 g


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Matthew Hodson is a graphic artist and poet. He likes other people, the woods and boiled eggs. He is frustrated by cynicism and mould. His client list includes The Guardian, The New York Times and The Economist. He is the author of At This Very Moment (Cicada, 2021) and the Illustrator of Don't Hug the Pug (Cicada, 2019).