A sound file of Helena Bonham Carter reading ‘Battle of the Sexes‘ from Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, by Liz Brownlee, Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan, and A Poem for Every Day of the Year ed. by Allie Esiri.
Hooray! The 2018 Betjeman Poetry Prize is open for entries!
Young poets, aged 10-13, let your imagination run wild on the theme of ‘place’.
Poem deadline is midnight, July 31, 2018
Details here: Betjeman Poetry Prize.
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!
Details are here.
The Poetry Society’s Young People’s Network have set a Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge, to mark the 80th anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
National Poetry Day is on September 28th.
Get your free ‘Freedom’ lesson plans for NPD from the Forward Arts Foundation, available here.
If you are under 18, and would like to be considered, send them a memory poem!
The Sunday Mail and Tunnock’s are looking for young poets to create sonnets on the back of a caramel wafer wrapper, that could win them and their class a VIP tour of Tunnock’s famous factory.
Details here: Daily Record.
Could you be a Youth Slam star? If you think you can, then enter The Poetry Society’s competition, judged by Sabrina Mahfouz.
The 6 UK youth winners will share the slam stage Sabrina Mahfouz.
You have until September 30th at midnight, so “Pick up your pen, pick up your mouth, and start making sense.”
All details here: The Poetry Society.
Never Such Innocence invites all 9-16 year olds to send poems or artwork inspired by the events of the First World War.
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!
Details here: Never such Innocence.
Why not write poems on the theme of Freedom and combine it with National Poetry Day?
Find some super ideas/teachers’ notes on how to write ‘Freedom Poems’ for National Poetry Day (28th September) on Mike Fergusen’s blog – mikeandenglish (@omahaglenn)
Scottish Poetry Library hold “Poetry for Peanuts” – a laid-back family poetry hour on the first Wednesday of every month.