New poetry titles for 2020 coming soon!

We’re pleased to reveal the covers of our This Is Poetry titles for 2020 — coming very soon and now available to pre-order:

Both editions contain the text of every poem on the Leaving Cert course, and are packed with signature Forum features to bring your learning to the next level: thought-provoking exercises, detailed notes, thematic breakdowns, glossaries, and sample answers geared towards your exams.

The new editions of This Is Poetry are stylishly re-designed in full colour to make the content fresh, appealing and accessible.

For a sneak preview of each new title, check out the pdf samples below:


Four new Forum titles for the 2017-18 school year

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We’re excited to reveal the covers for our four new English textbooks which will be available very soon: This Is Poetry: Higher Level 2019, This Is Poetry: Ordinary Level 2019, Macbeth and Seasons.

Both editions of This Is Poetry feature brand-new cover design, fully revised exercises geared towards the Leaving Cert, plus all the Forum features you’ve come to know and love:

  • The full texts of all poems prescribed for the 2019 Leaving Cert
  • Detailed and accessible notes for every poem
  • Thematic overview of each poet’s work
  • Glossary of poetry terms and ideas

Meanwhile, our second edition of Macbeth has been completely revised. Featuring a fresh, contemporary design, thought-provoking and fun exercises, and in-depth essays on character, theme and language, our essential guide brings Shakespeare’s classic to life.

Finally, our new edition of the multi-year anthology Seasons contains all the poems prescribed for both Higher and Ordinary Level from 2019 to 2022. Presented in an eye-catching full-colour design, the book contains exercises on each poem designed to draw out a personal response. With a free CD containing comprehensive notes on each poem, Seasons is ideal for book rental schemes.

For a sneak preview of each new title, check out the pdf samples below:

This Is Poetry: Higher Level 2019 sample
This Is Poetry: Ordinary Level 2019 sample
Macbeth sample
Seasons sample

New English titles now available to order!


We’re excited to announce that our new range of Leaving Cert English titles have arrived from the printer and are ready to go! Our shiny new edition of Hamlet, as well as the 2017 higher and ordinary level editions of This Is Poetry, are making their way to all good bookshops and can also be ordered directly from our website.

Hamlet has been completely revamped from our first edition in 2009. As well as the fully annotated text of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, the book is packed full of exercises and essays on characters, themes, language and imagery. The gorgeous new design presents the information in a clear and accessible manner:


This Is Poetry: Higher Level 2017 has also been totally redesigned from the 2016 edition. This time around, we have a renewed focus on the thematic threads and stylistic features of each poet’s work, plus exercises, glossaries and essays, all beautifully presented in this 450+ page book.


As for This Is Poetry: Ordinary Level 2017, we’ve built on last year’s revised edition, with an extensive new sample answers section and the same stunning design. Just look at this spread accompanying the Joseph Woods poem, ‘Letting the Cat Out of the Bag’:


We’re delighted with our new suite of books, and we hope you enjoy them too!

Coming soon …

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 This week we finalised proofs for our new suite of Leaving Cert poetry books: This Is Poetry: Higher Level 2017 and This Is Poetry: Ordinary Level 2017. Both books will be available to order from 1 April.

We’re thrilled with both books. As with previous editions, the new books contain:

  • The full texts of all poems prescribed for the 2017 Leaving Cert
  • Exercises that encourage students to develop a personal response
  • Detailed and accessible notes for every poem
  • Thematic overview of each poet’s work
  • Glossary of poetry terms and ideas

We’re especially thrilled about the new Higher Level edition, which is completely redesigned with a new look and feel: younger, fresher and more contemporary. The use of textboxes and capsules makes presentation clearer and more eye-catching than ever before. Just check out these page spreads:

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But it’s not just the vibrant new design we’re excited about. The content has also been overhauled, with renewed focus on each poet, tracking the thematic threads that run through each poet’s work and linking the poems in light of each poet’s obsessions and concerns. There’s also a new emphasis on the recurring features of each poet’s style and the development of their technique over the course of their careers.

Meanwhile, This Is Poetry: Ordinary Level 2017 builds on last year’s redesigned book. The content has been fully updated and features an expanded sample answers section for both prescribed and unseen poetry.

Watch this space for more news on forthcoming titles!