'Gareth Owen’s poetry is original, beautiful, serious, funny, real and imaginative…..Nothing quite like it has been done before.
I can’t tell you how good it is!'Song of the City:Poet, Patric Dickinson.
I keep putting them (the poems) in front of people and saying, ‘Read this!’
They (the poems) assume our attention and merit it.
Rather one Gareth Owen than a dozen anthologies.The Fox on the Roundabout:Signal Magazine.
'This is a gem…It has been made the Poetry Book Society’s Children’s Poetry Bookshelf Choice and deservedly so.…The language he uses is rich, the lines are haunting and funny in equal measure making the poems multi-layered, to be read again and again.'
'Sometimes it almost seems unfashionable to measure a poem’s success by the spinal shiver or the Housman razor test, but for me Gareth Owen has suddenly become the kind of poet who must be responded to in this way…These are poems for private reading and long though… this book digs deep and strikes lucky.''There’s nothing quite like the moment when you’re about to open a new book by a favourite author. The Fox on the Roundabout more than meets that expectation. Gareth Owen understands young people and their concerns, as clearly as he knows about poetry and the way it functions and he matches content so perfectly with form. The voice young people hear is one they know they can trust. That’s why Gareth Owen is so popular with teenage audiences. This is an essential title for all English Departments.'Times Educational Supplement.
Gareth Owen is a poet of our time whose poetry provides the rich and varies patterns of language that I feel are necessary to stimulate children to express, in words, their own thoughts and emotions. Children relate very easily to his poems yet they are not read quickly for a laugh and then forgotten. Many are serious and show a deep understanding of people.Books for Keeps.