Posted: 16 December 2010
This competition for children aged 7 - 11 took the ‘Home' theme of National Poetry Day as its inspiration. Children were invited to submit their poems on the theme of ‘home'. A panel of 5 judges, chaired by Roger McGough, then selected the winners in two age groups: 7-8 and 9-11. There were also two categories - one for UK or English speaking children and an ‘International Learners' category for children learning English as a second or foreign language.
The Children's Poetry Bookshelf held a gala celebration and prize-giving event in London on 10th December, hosted by poets and judges Roger McGough and James Carter. The winning young poets were presented with their cash and book prizes and read their poems to an audience of friends, family, teachers and children from local schools.
It was a hugely enjoyable day, with Roger and James both captivating the children with their poetry - James' guitar in particular proved a smash hit and he was mobbed in the interval! All in all it was a wonderful day, the winners read their poems brilliantly, the children went away inspried and enthused, and we look forward to repeating the magic next year!
Read the prize-winning poems at the Children's Poetry Bookshelf.
Source: Children's Poetry Bookshelf