The 2016 CLIPPA Poetry Award has been won jointly by Michael Rosen for his book A Great Big Cuddle, illustrated by Chris Riddell and by Sarah Crossan for One.
The prize presentation was, like last year, held at the NT’s Dorfman Theatre. Louise Johns-Shepherd went out of her way to praise the National Theatre for their support in hosting the event, especially as CLPE had not been able to secure funding for this year’s event.
The Poetry Show leading up to the announcement included readings in person from all the shortlisted books (with the exception of Roger McGough who read his selected poem via a pre-recorded video, being unable to attend on this occasion). Additionally there were dramatised readings of poems from all five shortlisted books by
The Gattons Infant School (Bendy Man from A Great Big Cuddle)
Marton Park Primary School (Carnival Dance Lesson from Dancing In The Rain)
Springfield Primary School (Furies from Falling Out of the Sky)
Highfield Primary School (Maternal Impressions from One)
All Saints Primary School (Poetry Pie from Poetry Pie)
All presentations were exceptionally vibrant and accomplished.
This was also the second year of the CLiPPA shadowing scheme. Shadowing schools were able to watch poet performances on Poetryline, use teaching sequences, write their own poems inspired by the shortlist and enter the competition to perform at today’s Poetry Show.
Last year’s winner was Joseph Coelho.
The full shortlist:
CLiPPA 2016 Shortlist
Sarah Crossan: One, Bloomsbury Publishing
“Being shortlisted for the CLiPPA award is so special as it recognises my novel as poetry, which is always how I see it. And I’m over the moon to be on the list with such a talented array of poets.” Sarah Crossan
John Lyons: Dancing in the Rain, illustrated by the poet, Peepal Tree Press
“I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the CLiPPA, especially as it gives me the opportunity to make a real connection with younger readers and encourage them to write poetry too!” John Lyons
Roger McGough: Poetry Pie, illustrated by the poet, Puffin Books
“Children are important, poetry is important. Put the two together and you have CLPE.” Roger McGough
Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright (editors): Falling Out of the Sky, Poems about Myths and Monsters, illustrated by Emma Wright, The Emma Press
“We are thrilled that Falling Out of the Sky has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA Award, especially as it’s our first venture into children’s poetry books. We hope we can encourage more poets to write for children, and more bookshops to stock children’s poetry books.” Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright
Michael Rosen: A Great Big Cuddle, illustrated by Chris Riddell, Walker
“I’m delighted to be on this shortlist. This book means a lot to me – it’s a collection of views of life as seen from a toddler’s angle so it was a way of looking back at the last toddler I was helping to bring up. But also, I love the way Chris’s pictures have entered that world and brought it to life visually.” Michael Rosen
Chair and Judges
This year the Chair of the Judging panel was the much-loved poet John Hegley. John was joined by a range of poetry experts who share a passion for poetry and its place in children’s developing literacy.
- Joseph Coelho – poet and CLiPPA 2015 winner for Werewolf Club Rules
- Charlotte Hacking – CLPE Learning Programme Leader
- Maisie Lawrence – Programmes and Digital Manager, Forward Arts Foundation
- Isobel Colchester – Chief Executive, Poet in the City
The winner will be announced at The Poetry Show at the National Theatre on 13th July 2016.