CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) and The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival have created a new partnership which will see the CLiPPA (CLPE Poetry Award) celebrated in the Festival’s programme for schools and families, and the winner announced in a very special Festival Poetry Show on Friday 9 October.
Established in 2003, the CLiPPA is the UK’s only annual award for published poetry for children. Its Shadowing Scheme allows schools to explore the poetry on the shortlist with their pupils and each year prompts hundreds of poetry performances in classrooms across the UK.
The CLiPPA is normally celebrated with a special event at the National Theatre featuring performances by the shortlisted poets and school children. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that was not possible this year and the CLiPPA was postponed. The new partnership between CLPE and The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will enable this important celebration of poetry for children to go ahead, and schools across the UK and beyond are invited to watch and take part.
The shortlist for the 2020 CLiPPA will be announced on National Poetry Day, 1 October, the eve of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, which opens on Friday 2 October. Poetry will be celebrated throughout the Festival’s programme of school and family events, with previous CLiPPAwinner Joseph Coelho amongst poets taking part.
The winner of the CLiPPA will then be revealed at the culmination of the schools’ programme, on Friday 9 October, in a Poetry Show introduced by CLiPPAjudges, poets Valerie Bloom and Steven Camden, and featuring performances by the shortlisted poets. Schools across the UK and beyond will be able to watch the show for free on The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform and access poetry CPD sessions created by CLPE.
Loraine Evans, Family and Schools Programme Manager for the Literature Festival said, “Poetry has always been an important part of our programme for schools and families, so the partnership with CLPE is a perfect fit. We are delighted to be the home of the 2020 CLiPPA, always one of the highlights of the children’s books calendar, and the Poetry Show will be an unmissable event!”
Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive of CLPE, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on this and delighted that with the support of Loraine and the team, the CLiPPA will be celebrated in such style and watched by thousands of teachers and children. We will launch our shadowing scheme at the Poetry Show so that all the watching schools can join in, get involved and create their own poetry performances.”