CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is now in its 17th year and is the only award for published poetry for children in the UK. CLiPPA highlights an important branch of children’s literature, ensuring that it receives proper recognition.
The CLiPPA 2019 shortlist, announced on 25 April is :
- Kwame Alexander – Rebound (Andersen Press)
- Steven Camden – Everything All At Once ( Macmillan Children’s Books)
- Eloise Greenfield – Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (Tiny Owl)
- Philip Gross – Dark Sky Park (Otter-Barry Books)
- Rachel Rooney – A Kid in My Class (Otter-Barry Books)
The judges also wanted to give special mention to England Poems From A School (Picador), edited by Kate Clanchy, in acknowledgement of the raw, emotional and yet extremely accomplished collection of poems written by the group of teenage girls from a small comprehensive school in Oxford.
The Poetry Show, where the 2019 winner will be announced, will be held on 3 July 2019 at the National Theatre.
Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive at CLPE said: “At CLPE we want to make poetry integral to the school curriculum and for it to be in every school, classroom, library, corridor and book bag. This shortlist – selected from the biggest number of submissions in the award’s history -shows such a range and breadth of what poetry for children is and can be and recognises a real variety of voices and styles. We look forward to more children, teachers and schools discovering these works through our shadowing scheme.”
CLiPPA 2019 Chair and Judges:
This year the Chair of the Judging panel is AF Harrold, multi-award winning author, performer and poet.
AF will be joined by a range of poetry experts who share a passion for poetry and its place in children’s literacy.
Karl Nova – 2018 CLiPPA winner with his debut collection Rhythm and Poetry
Susannah Herbert – director of Forward Arts Foundation and National Poetry Day
Charlotte Hacking – CLPE Learning Programme Leader
For the fifth year we will be running the Schools Shadowing Scheme alongside CLiPPA.
The scheme is all about getting children to read, write and perform poetry using the shortlisted works and the free teaching resources provided by CLPE. Schools then send in videos of children’s performances from which 5 winning groups are selected to perform at the CLiPPA awards ceremony on 3 July at the National Theatre.