The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Chasing Clouds: Adventures in a Poetry Balloon

Hello Balloonists!

Jonathan here.

As you know, the Dirigible Balloon has put together a collection of poems from our first year as a poetry website called Chasing Clouds … Adventures in a Poetry Balloon.

The book features over 80 poems from 60 poets and has illustrations provided by Em Humble. It is available to order from this website and can also be found by schools and libraries on It is on the bookshelves of the National Poetry Library on the Southbank in London and in the Carnegie Library in Kendal. Several primary schools in Kendal also have copies for their older children.

To give you a taster of what you’ll find inside a copy of Chasing Clouds, we have uploaded a few poems and pictures from the anthology below. If you like the poems and would like to see more of Em’s drawing, then why not consider ordering a copy from our shop on the Dirigible Balloon website.

The profit from sales of Chasing Clouds will be donated to the National Literacy Trust, a charity working to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in disadvantaged communities.

We really hope that through publishing this book, the Dirigible Balloon and Yorkshire Times Publishing will help promote children’s love of poetry as well as helping the National Literacy Trust make a difference to those kids who need a bit of support with their reading.

We hope you like poems!

Copyright (©) of the poems remains with the poets and the pictures belong to (©) Em Humble 2023

About the Writer

Jonathan Humble

Jonathan lives in Cumbria. His work has been published online and in print in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection of poetry, My Camel's Name Is Brian, was published by TMB Books in 2015. His second poetry book, Fledge came out in 2020 through Maytree Press. His poems for children have been shortlisted and highly commended in the Caterpillar and Yorkmix poetry competitions and he is the editor of The Dirigible Balloon. His poems Masterclass and This Work is Done were chosen as the Milk House Poem of the Year at the end of 2022 and 2023.