Literacy Time PLUS Performance Poetry Competition Winners

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Find out which budding young poets and performers will be spending a day with our Poet-in-residence, Paul Cookson.


Claire Dowse, Director of Scholastic’s We Are Writers!, Paul Cookson and Helen Watts, Literacy Time PLUS Editor (pictured) were joined on the judging panel by David Wray, Deputy Director and Professor of Literacy Education at Warwick University’s Institute of Education, and Rebecca Wallis, Literacy Time PLUS Assistant Editor.

In January this year, we put out a call for budding young poets and performers, inviting them to enter our first ever schools’ poetry competition. Here we reveal the winners – and announce which school will be spending a day with our Poet-in-residence, Paul Cookson.

How we picked our winners

Schools were invited to submit a written anthology of 15-20 poems on a theme of their choice, plus an audio recording or film of the children performing at least 4 poems. The judges were looking for:

  • evidence of the involvement of children of different ages and abilities;
  • originality, with interesting and unusual voices and approaches;
  • performance skills, with single and group voices and a variety of styles, techniques and genres;
  • fun, playfulness and the enjoyment of words.
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