Karl Nova is announced as winner of CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) 2018

Karl Nova CLiPPA Winner 2018

The Poetry Show at the Olivier, National Theatre 22 June 2018

The announcement of the winner, hip-hop artist and debut poet, Karl Nova (for Rhythm and Poetry, published by Caboodle Books) came at the end of an exceptionally lively poetry show, attended by 100s of school children, with performances from the five winning shadowing schools and the shortlisted poets including John Agard, Joseph Coelho and Sue Hardy-Dawson

Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz

Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry by Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme and Amina Jama, illustrated by Riya Chowdhury, Elanor Chuah and Joe Manners  (published by Otter-Barry Books) was highly commended.

As he has done for previous CLiPPA Award Ceremonies, Chris Riddell, (former Children’s Laureate, author, illustrator and political cartoonist) brought more fun and laughter to the proceedings by live-drawing the whole event from the stage.

Established in 2003, CLiPPA encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children and stands alone as  the only annual award in the UK for published poetry for children. The award is the flagship event in CLPE’s year round championing of poetry.

Thousands of children from nearly 200 schools from across the UK took part in the Shadowing Scheme.  The Shadowing Schools submitted 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.

CLiPPA is made possible by the generous support of ALCS, Siobhan Dowd Trust and St Olave's Foundation Fund.

Listen to Karl Nova on BBC Radio 4's Front Row Extended Podcast