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Who are we?

What we say about the Peculiar Powers of Vegetables and Fruits:

Children are surrounded by advertisements, promotions, and enticing marketing for junk foods: we want to generate some positive propaganda around fruits and vegetables!

Can you imagine if fruits and vegetables had the same kind of advertising budgets as big food, big snack, or big tobacco?! What a wonderful world that would be.

 

Mission     About our staff     Adopt a motto     Fruit and veg advertising


The Poetical Institute: Poetry for public health, welfare & edification

MISSION STATEMENT


To provide poetical services for  

Public health, welfare, and edification 

In areas including but not limited to:  

  1. Vegetable Powers

  2. Secret Properties of Fruits

About our staff



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Octavia D Dinkletrot

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Octavia

Octavia D. Dinkletrot was born in the wicker basket of a hot-air-balloon over the middle of the Mediterranean Ocean in the summer of 1865. She remains alive and well. She credits her extreme longevity to three main factors:

1. eating plenty of fruits (mainly blueberries)
2. always finishing her vegetables (including seaweed)
3. maintaining and feeding her abiding, all-consuming craving for and love of poetry

Octavia was appointed Director of The Poetical Institute at its foundation in the middle of this decade.
She lives on the Isle of Alpacas with three llamas, two fluffy sheep, a donkey, and a ginger cat. Her favourite vegetable / fruit is the tomato.
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Sharada Keats

Sharada

Sharada Keats was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in 1982. She is of mixed Guyanese and UK heritage. She moved to Canada in 1992, where she met JiaJia at the turn of the century, in 1999!

After studying and working for a while, Sharada moved to the UK in 2006.

She loves learning and writing about food, but more than that, she loves eating it. She spends a lot of her time working for an international organisation dedicated to getting more people to eat better.

She lives in South East London with her partner Mark, son Jonah, and their cat Molly.

Sharada likes all sorts of poetry, whether it rhymes or not.

Her favourite vegetable at the moment is rainbow chard.
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JiaJia Hamner

JiaJia

JiaJia Hamner was born in Beijing in 1981. She moved to Canada when she was seven.


JiaJia is a freelance illustrator and author of 100+ webcomics (have a look at them here).

She spent a year in China studying traditional Chinese painting with her grand-aunt and uncle, both art teachers in the city of Chengde. JiaJia also has an Associate’s Degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

She spent two years as a maths & physics teacher, before dedicating herself full-time to illustration.

JiaJia now lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Chris and their cat Butters. When she's not drawing or looking after Butters, JiaJia enjoys playing classical piano and violin.

JiaJia originally went to the US to study physics and has a physics PhD in atomic physics.

Her favourite fruit, this week, is Dragonfruit.



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@jjhmnr (also on instagram)     @SharadaKeats     @dinkletrot

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Adopt a motto!

Not Without Truth Love Fruits and Vegetables Through fruit and veg, strength

Quasi Truthful Poetry Live Long and Prosper Poetry for Total Wellness

Truth, Justice, and the Poetical Way Free Your Imagination Advancement Through Poetry

...Or imagine your own!

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And just keep on imagining...

What if instead of commericals for fizzy drinks, icecream, burgers or crisps, you saw a lot of appealing advertising and marketing for fresh, frozen, or prepared fruits and vegetables?!

We've designed some simple adverts with marketing slogans around the fruits and vegetables found in The Poetical Institute's Peculiar Powers of Vegetables and Fruits... why not take some inspiration from these? Print them out, or try designing some of your own!

Don't worry if you don't understand all the taglines! Some of them are based on the peculiar properties described in our book...

 

Apple

Apple Basketballer

Spinach

Spinach sprinter

Rhubarb

Rhubarb Rapunzel

Cucumber

Cucumber cutie-pie

Papaya

Paw-Paw Virtues

Dandelion

Dandelion Dancer

Cauliflower

Cauliflower Kindness

Celery

Celery Sleuth

Pomegranate

Pomegranate Pronghorn

Shallot

Shallot Sea Otter

Tomato

Tomato tiger

Carrot

Carrot Chameleon

Cherry

Cherry Cheetah

Fennel

Fennel flamingo

Mushroom

Magic mushroom

Button mushroom

Fig

Fig fairy

Blackberry

Blackberry beast

Kale

Kale kraken

Grape

Grape griffin

Okra

Okra photographer

Turnip

Turnip telekinetic

Avocado

Guacamole gargoyle

Honeydew melon

Honeydew hacker

Onion

Onion o the humanity

Eggplant

Eggplant empathiser

Banana

Banana boomeranging

Lemon

Lemon anti-depression

Orange

Orange origami whiz

Cabbage

Cabbage charisma

Passionfruit

Passionfruit people power

Beans

True grit beans

Asparagus

Asparagus alien-spotting

Blueberry

Blueberry vampire

Watermelon

Watermelon werewolf

Seaweed

Longevity sphinx

Mango

Mango mummy

Zucchini

Zucchini zombie-antidote

Courgette advert

Pumpkin

Pumpkin spelunking

Pea

Pea soup invisibility

Radish

Radish radioactivity

Squash

Squash sasquatch

Peach

Peaches

Pear

Pears

Plum

Plum perfection

Pineapple

Peach pear plum pineapple precognition

Dragonfruit

Dragonfruit dreams

Broccoli

Broccoli bravery

Satsuma

Satsuma samurai

Nectarine

Nectarine ninja

Kiwi

Kiwi kung fu

Jalapeño

Jalapeno happiness

 

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