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Jane Mann’s new collection of poems, Sunlines and Shadow

Sunlines and Shadow.

Jane Mann’s collection of poems Shades of Seeing

Shades of Seeing.

Welcome to Vinca Press, home of Jane Mann’s Give us a Chance, an entertaining collection of poems written from the view of creatures that we love to hate or do not always appreciate like the spider, snake, magpie and shark. They are fun poems with a rich use of rhythm and rhyme to give them an energy and humour. At the same time they are thought-provoking and offer fresh insights and new angles as the twenty-six creatures challenge our preconceptions and assert their value and use, their contribution to the web of life.

They all have their own unique character and style of living from the slow, relaxed climb of the snail to the nervous fears of the rabbit with “dangers snapping all the way”. They have their own special skills, whether  the crocodile’s for sheer survival, the worm’s for transforming soil or the pigeon’s for stamina and speed. And behind the scenes, so many of them useful in clearing away our waste!


Though intended essentially for children aged eight and above, the poems will also be enjoyed by adults, both parents and teachers, and those interested in animal life. They are very relevant in touching on environmental issues beneath the fun and teachers could use them as a way of linking poetry with the facts and interests of science.