CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing scheme is now open

With the shadowing scheme now open, teachers can now access free fantastic poetry resources for all our shortlisted poets for CLiPPA 2019. 

We are delighted that the shortlist features titles appropriate for both Primary and Secondary age readers, and that CLiPPA’s schools shadowing scheme will be opened up to older readers.

The winner of CLiPPA 2019 will be announced at a ceremony at the National Theatre in central London on Wednesday 3rd July 2019. The event will be attended by children from across the UK who have participated in the CLiPPA shadowing scheme in their schools in the run up to the award. The award is sponsored by ALCS, the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society with support from the Siobhan Down Trust.



This year, our judging panel (poet A.F Harrold; CLiPPA 2018 shortlisted poet Ruth Awolola; poet and CLiPPA 2018 winner Karl Nova; National Poetry Day’s Susannah Herbert and CLPE’s Charlotte Hacking) have nominated 5 titles for consideration which are as follows:

Rebound (Andersen Press), Kwame Alexander's coming-of-age novel in verse.

Everything All At Once (Macmillan Children’s Books) by Steven Camden which details a week in the lives of pupils attending secondary school.

A Kid in My Class (Otter-Barry Books), previous CLiPPA winner Rachel Rooney’s collection of school-based poems,

Dark Sky Park (Otter-Barry Books), Philip Gross’ latest collection which explores the beauty of the natural world. 

Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (Tiny Owl) by Eloise Greenfield - a warm and funny story of friendship.

A special mention also goes to England Poems From A School (Picador), edited by Kate Clanchy, in acknowledgement of the raw, emotional and yet extremely accomplished collection of poems written by group of teenagers from Oxford Spires Academy.

A.F. Harrold, Chair of Judges for CLiPPA 2019 said: “For five judges, coming at this from five different directions, it was a relief to see that there was some crossover and agreement on what ‘a good book of poetry for kids’ looked like. The shortlist we came up with pleased us for its range, both of writers, intended age groups and subject matter. Each of the judges have books on the list that we felt strongly about and loved and championed from the outset. It was an unadulterated joy to share this task, this responsibility, with Karl, Ruth, Susannah and Charlotte.”