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1001 Stories Collection

The Small Dragon

1001 The Small Dragon
Added on 13th August 2020

Poet Brian Patten
First published 1981 in Love Poems
Publisher Allen and Unwin

A small dragon is found in a woodshed.

Story

The unexpected discovery of a dragon in a woodshed.

Why we chose it

A magical, atmospheric poem with a fairy tale feel – we would like to think that a small dragon might live in our Woodshed theatre space!

Where it came from

Love Poems, the collection this poem is from, is a collection for adults of Brian’s best writing about relationships of all kinds. The poem has a fairy tale quality common to many of Brian’s works.

Where it went next

Brian Patten describes this poem as one that wasn’t intended for children but was adopted by them.

Associated stories

Brian Patten has written a number of books for children illustrated by Chris Riddell: Beowulf and the Monster (1999), Juggling With Gerbils (2000), Gargling With Jelly (2003), Thawing Frozen Frogs (2003) and The Utter Nutters (1994).

His other books for children include; The Story Giant, The Elephant and the Flower, Jumping Mouse, Emma's Doll, Mr Moon's Last Case, Jimmy Tag-Along, and the Impossible Parents series, illustrated byArthur Robins.

Added on 13th August 2020

Poet Brian Patten
First published 1981 in Love Poems
Publisher Allen and Unwin