Congratulations to indie Otter-Barry Books, publisher of half the books on this years CLiPPA shortlist, announced by CLPE today.
Established in 2003, the CLiPPA encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.
The shortlist is evenly split between 3 previous winners and 3 debut collections, with 3 out of the 6 shortlisted books coming from independent publisher Otter-Barry Books.
Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive, CLPE said “CLiPPA is leading an essential movement to build on the current huge popularity of poetry and the growing poetry market to ensure that poetry for children is acknowledged as an essential part of this landscape. The shortlist recognises not just great children’s poets but great poets full stop. We want as many people as possible to know about these wonderful works and CLiPPA, the Shadowing Scheme and the resources we produce all come together to make sure that they receive the high profile they deserve.”
This year there was an increase in submissions of almost 70%, from 19 books from 9 publishers in 2017 to 32 books from 19 publishers in 2018.
The full shortlist is:
- John Agard: The Rainmaker Danced, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, Hodder – witty and satirical poems that focus on social observations, play with myths and traditional tales and reflect on the nature of humanity
- Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama: Rising Stars, Otter-Barry Books, illustrated by Riya Chowdhury, Elanor Chuah and Joe Manners – a showcase for five fresh and exciting emerging writer-performers
- Joseph Coelho: Overheard in a Tower Block, illustrated by Kate Milner, Otter-Barry Books – a powerful collection, offering glimpses into the challenges of a boy’s life, ingeniously threaded through with fantasy, story,myth and magic
- Sarah Crossan: Moonrise, Bloomsbury – a moving verse novel for young adults, seen from the viewpoint of a young man whose brother is on death row
- Sue Hardy-Dawson: Where Zebras Go, Otter-Barry Books – a first solo collection uniting a variety of voices with a wide range of poetic forms
- Karl Nova: Rhythm and Poetry, illustrated by Joseph Witchall, Caboodle Books – the first published collection from a Hip Hop poet, demonstrating the currency and significance of rap as a form, especially for young people
The judging panel, chaired by CLiPPA 2003 winner, Grace Nichols, included Kate Wakeling, poet and CLiPPA 2017 winner for Moon Juice; Imogen Lycett Green, Director of the Betjeman Prize for Young Poet; Charlotte Hacking, CLPE Learning Programme Leader; and Anthony Anaxagorou, poet, poetry educator and founder of Out-Spoken Press.
The winner of the 2018 Award will be announced on 22nd June in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre in London. This will be the 4th year that CLPE has partnered with the National Theatre to deliver the Poetry Show which will include performances from children participating in the Shadowing Scheme and the shortlisted poets.
The winning poet receives £1000.
The free Shadowing Scheme to involve schools in the Poetry Award 2018 is launched alongside the announcement of the shortlist. The scheme has run for 3 years, reaching more than 600 teachers and 14,000 children.
To support schools to take poetry into the classroom, videos of poets performing from the shortlisted books and talking about their work and high quality teaching resources,
are available free of charge to all schools www.clpe.org.uk/poetryline. Shadowing schools are invited to apply for free tickets to attend the Award Ceremony.
New for 2018: CLPE will be partnering with ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society) to educate teachers and children about copyright and about the rights of writers.