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Great Realisation by Tomos Roberts

A review by Emma Streeton

First performed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Tomos Roberts’ inspiring poem ‘The Great Realisation’, with its message of hope and resilience, has been viewed over 60 million times and translated into over 20 languages worldwide.

Magical resonance

From simple acts of kindness, to the creativity within us all, The Great Realisation is a celebration of the many things that have brought us together at a time of crisis. It captures, with magical resonance, the thoughts and feelings of millions worldwide as we adapt to a new way of life, cast aside old habits and reflect on what truly matters to us. It is a story for all readers, young or old, who dare to dream of a fairer, kinder, more loving world.

I am one of those individuals who watched Tomos Roberts read his poem numerous times online. The poem and its message blew me away. Needless to say I am delighted it has been made into a children’s book. I loved sitting down and reading it with my bookworms. In this tough time, Roberts offers hope. He allows us to imagine positive future possibilities for our world.

Generational treasure

This poem will be remembered and retold for many years to come. It may even go down as a modern classic of our time. This is a book plan to keep in my own collection to share with my future generations. It really is that much of a gem. The whole family will enjoy it and it is such a great way for the younger generation to understand recent events.


The artwork by Nomoco which accompanies the poem is visually engaging; simple but some how goes so well with the words on the page.

The verdict

Tomos Roberts is someone I would highly recommend you follow on social media. He is a genuinely talented but likable modest guy. I can’t wait for what is yet to come from him.

If there is one book that you purchase in 2020 as a memory of this insane year, make it The Great Realisation.

If you enjoyed The Great Realisation, you might enjoy Cyclone, a poem for children by Jackie French with illustrations by Bruce Whatley.

Book details

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
ISBN: 9781460759806
ISBN-10: 146075980X
Imprint: HarperCollins – AU
Format: hardcover, 32 pages
Released: 18/09/2020
Age: From 4 years
Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams

the great realisation: patches of color hang like fireworks over a dark cityscape

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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