Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition 2010

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Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition 2010

Roger McGough is to chair the judging panel for a worldwide poetry competition for 7-11 year olds. The Competition is organised by the Children's Poetry Bookshelf, a poetry book club for young people run by the Poetry Book Society. To link with National Poetry Day on Thursday 7 October, children will be asked to write a poem in English on the theme of 'Home'.


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Now in its fifth year, the competition is open to both individuals and schools.  Cash prizes of £250 for first prize, £100 for second and £50 for third will be awarded, along with books and CPB memberships, in two age groups, 7-8 year-olds and 9-11 year-olds. Entries will be accepted from Friday 10 September, up until the closing date of Friday 15 October. The winners will be announced at a gala celebration in London in December.

The Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition will encourage children to write poems of their own and help teachers to bring poetry alive in the classroom. A teacher's guide to accompany the competition will be available to download from the Children's Poetry Bookshelf website (www.childrenspoetrybookshelf.co.uk <http://www.childrenspoetrybookshelf.co.uk/> ) from early September, along with further information about the competition.
Described by Carol Ann Duffy as 'the patron saint of poetry', chair of the judges Roger McGough is one of the UK's best-loved poets with over 50 collections of poetry for both adults and children to his name. The anthology The Mersey Sound, first published in 1967, showcased McGough's poems alongside those of Adrian Henri and Brian Patten and has since become one of the bestselling poetry anthologies of all time. Roger McGough was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2005 and continues to be a very active performance poet. With his poetry used widely in schools, children will be familiar with the wry humour and liveliness of his work. He has twice won the CLPE (previously the Signal) Award for the best children's poetry book and his most recent children's collection is Slapstick.
Roger McGough is joined by a distinguished panel who are passionate about children's poetry: the poet/guitarist James Carter, who travels widely giving poetry performances and workshops; Julia Eccleshare, writer, broadcaster, lecturer, Co-Director of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and the Guardian's Children's Books Editor; David Fickling, distinguished publisher of David Fickling Books, a Random House imprint for children's books; and Caroline Horn, Children's News Editor of The Bookseller and founder of the Reading Zone children's books website.            

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