Children’s Poetry Summit
The Children’s Poetry Summit is a network of individuals and organisations actively interested in poetry for children. It provides a regular forum for discussion, information exchange, sharing of ideas and good practice, and a pressure group that campaigns for children’s poetry. Members are children’s poets, publishers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, organisations and individuals interested in children’s poetry. Follow them on Twitter to keep up with everything children’s poetry-related: @kidspoetsummit
CLPE (Centre for Learning in Primary Education)
CLPE believe poetry is a fundamental element in the development of children’s literacy and they build poetry into all that they do. They run the CLiPPA (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award), which is one of only two awards in the UK for published children’s poetry. Their free website Poetryline is packed with resources to support and enhance the teaching of poetry in primary schools – there are teaching sequences, videos of poets reading and talking about their work, examples of practice and hundreds of poems to inspire and enthuse budding poets.
Forward Arts Foundation, National Poetry Day
The Forward Arts Foundation is a charity committed to widening poetry’s audience, honouring achievement and supporting talent.
National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in. National Poetry Day will take place October 2019 and the year’s theme is “Truth”.
Go to the NPD website to get details of how to join in, posters, bookmarks, and if you’re celebrating in school, take a look at their Toolkit for Schools for inspiration.
Make sure you use #NationalPoetryDay on Twitter and Websites!
National Poetry Day Ambassadors are a crack corps of inspiring poets who take poetry to new and young audiences – in schools, in bookshops, in libraries, in public squares – all year round.
Each one of them has contributed a new poem in the 2018 theme of Change to a special National Poetry Day collection published by Otter-Barry books. It’s a beautiful thing. You can buy it here.
If you would like to invite a National Poetry Day Ambassador to your event or school during the year, here are their contact details. Liz Brownlee Deborah Alma Victoria Adukwei Bulley Joseph Coelho Paul Cookson Sally Crabtree Jan Dean Chrissie Gittins Matt Goodfellow Remi Graves Sophie Herxheimer Sophie McKeand Michaela Morgan Brian Moses Rachel Rooney Joshua Seigal Roger Stevens Indigo Williams
PoetryZone is excellent children’s poetry website hosted by Roger Stevens.
Trevor Parsons, poet, has set up a business with painter Lucy Creed for poetry greetings cards; you can buy one here: Poet and Painter.