And the winner of CLiPPA 2017 is.... Kate Wakeling!

CliPPA 2017 - Kate Wakeling

The Poetry Show at the Olivier, National Theatre, 14 July 2017

The announcement of Kate Wakeling as the winner was the finale of a lively show which featured performances from talented young poets from the five winning shadowing schools and performances from the winner herself and two of the other CLiPPA 2017 shortlisted poets James Carter and Michaela Morgan. 

Kate Wakeling was recognised for Moon Juice, illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa, published by The Emma Press.   Booked by Kwame Alexander, published by Andersen Press, was highly commended. Former Children’s Laureate, author, illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell brought the ceremony to life, live-drawing the whole event from the stage. 

Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz

Listen to Kate Wakeling reading her poetry on BBC Radio 4's Front Row

Established in 2003, CLiPPA encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.

2017 is the 15th anniversary of the award, which remains the only annual award in the UK for published poetry for children. 

More than 6000 children from 196 schools from across the UK took part in the Shadowing Scheme, an increase of more than 160% on schools participating in 2016.  The Shadowing Schools submitted 250 films of children performing their favourite poems from the shortlist and the winning performers were invited to the National Theatre to meet the shortlisted poets and take part in specially planned theatre workshops. The winning children then performed on the Olivier stage alongside the shortlisted poets before the winner announcement.


The full CLiPPA shortlist:

Don't forget that all schools, regardless of whether they participated in the Shadowing Scheme, can take poetry into the classroom supported by free high quality resources including films of shortlisted poets performing and accompanying teaching resources; available on CLPE’s Poetryline website

For further information about the award, the shadowing scheme or to download more information about the shortlisted books please visit