CLiPPA Judging Day
On Wednesday 27th March, the CLPE were delighted to welcome our CLiPPA 2019 judging panel to the Centre for the first time to decide on this year’s CLiPPA shortlist. The panel features award-winning author and Chair of Judges AF Harrold, Forwards Arts Foundation and National Poetry Day’s Executive Director, Susannah Herbert; Poet and CLiPPA 2018 winner Karl Nova; poet Ruth Awolola, whose work was published in the highly commended CLiPPA 2018 shortlisted collection, Rising Stars, and the CLPE’s very own Programme Leader Charlotte Hacking. Ann Lazim , CLPE's Library Manager was also there in her role as CLiPPA administrator.
The judges met to discuss and debate thirty-eight titles – a record-breaking number of submissions in CLiPPA’s 17 year history. The award (originally called the CLPE Poetry Award), is the UK’s only award for published children’s poetry and aims to give poetry proper recognition, helps teachers access quality children’s poetry and supports their teaching of it - all to establish poetry an important and celebrated branch of children’s literature.
We will be announcing the shortlisted titles on April 25th, with teaching resources for schools being released in May as part of CLiPPA’s associated Shadowing Scheme. Teachers all across the country will be provided with free tools including videos and lesson plans to teach the shortlisted poems throughout the summer term as part of the 3-week scheme. The scheme and the award culminate in an award ceremony at the National Theatre on July 3rd where 5 winning schools are given the opportunity to perform alongside the prizewinning poet.
We are also delighted to announce that we will be taking CLiPPA to Wales’ Hay Festival for the very first time. CLPE’s Charlotte Hacking will be in conversation with AF Harrold, the 2019 judges and some of the shortlisted poets who will be performing a selection of their poetry. Further details to be announced in April.