The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

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I saw him down the road.
He was wearing baggy trousers
and a long beige overcoat.

He would have got away,
his plan was near flawless.
Until he tripped upon his coat
and bumped into Thesaurus.

About the Writer

Leigh Anthony Manley

Leigh is a new phase poet from Maesteg in South Wales. His writing for adults explores themes including cultural identity and living with chronic illness, and has featured in publications by Poetry Wales, Nawr Magazine, Black Bough Poetry, and The Seventh Quarry. In 2022, he was shortlisted for Disability Arts Cymru’s Creative Word Award. Leigh was recently selected by Literature Wales’ writer development programme, ‘Representing Wales’ (2023/24), geared towards writing for young people.