If you are aged 5 to 18 and are excited by a chance to spread the Christmas spirit with poetry, World Book Day can’t wait to hear from you. They would like you to write a 12 line (for the 12 days of Christmas) poem.
The poem must be connected to the theme of Christmas but you can write about the season in any way you like; putting up the Christmas tree, doing the nativity at school or watching the Doctor Who Christmas special!
Teachers, educators, parents, opportunity for your schools and young people!
The National Literacy Trust have launched a new competition and initiative as part of their Premier League Reading Stars campaign – called Premier League Writing Stars.
Former professional footballer Frank Lampard OBE, Premier League player and lyricist Yannick Bolasie, Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and the young people’s laureate for London, Caleb Femi, have teamed up with the Premier League to help launch the poetry competition, for children aged 5-11.
The competition asks school children to write around the theme of resilience; what does it mean to you to try and try again? Entries can be any form of poetic writing including a rap or lyrics. Teachers and parents can register or nominate their child’s school to take part at PLPrimaryStars.com.
The first 1,000 schools that enter the competition will receive a fabulous bespoke ‘Book Bag’ – full of books, including What is Poetry (Walker) by Michael Rosen and Jill Calder and Reaching the Stars (Macmillan) by Jan Dean, Michaela Morgan and me, Liz Brownlee.
Never Such Innocence publishes a resource to stimulate responses to the competition – it provides an overview of the Great War and is split into sections. The resource is free to download and they will post copies to your school free of charge!
This Young Poets Network competition, The Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize, asks you to respond to the life and/or work of a small selection of Second World War poets.
They are also running a Young Critics Prize, for short essays of 500-1,500 words exploring which three poets (out of Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed, Anna Akhmatova, Gertrud Kolmar or Timothy Corsellis) are most likely to be read in twenty years’ time, and why.