Created: 10th July, 2020

CLPE announce new partnership for this year's CLiPPA

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival to celebrate this year's CLiPPA (CLPE's Poetry Award). CLiPPA will feature in the Festival’s programme for schools and families, and the winner will be announced in a very special Festival Poetry Show on Friday 9th October 2020.

Find out more about the Festival's programme.  
Find out more about the CLiPPA live poetry show.
Find out more about CLPE's CPD Poetry session at this year's festival.
Register your interest in the CLiPPA 2020 Shadowing Scheme.

The shortlist for the CLiPPA 2020 will be announced on National Poetry Day, 1st October, the eve of the The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, which opens on Friday 2nd October. Poetry will be celebrated throughout the Festival’s programme of school and family events, with previous CLiPPA winner Joseph Coelho amongst poets taking part. 

The winner of the CLiPPA will then be revealed at the Poetry Show on Friday 9th October, alongside the launch of the shadowing scheme, introduced by CLiPPA judges, poets Valerie Bloom and Steven Camden, and featuring performances by the shortlisted poets.  Schools across the UK and beyond will be able to watch the show for free on the The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform and access poetry CPD sessions created by CLPE.

Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive of CLPE, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on this and delighted that with the support of Loraine and the team, the CLiPPA will be celebrated in such style and watched by thousands of teachers and children.  We will launch our shadowing scheme at the Poetry Show so that all the watching schools can join in, get involved and create their own poetry performances.”

Loraine Evans, Family and Schools Programme Manager for the Literature Festival said, “Poetry has always been an important part of our programme for schools and families, so the partnership with CLPE is a perfect fit. We are delighted to be the home of the 2020 CLiPPA, always one of the highlights of the children’s books calendar, and the Poetry Show will be an unmissable event!”

The CLiPPA is normally celebrated with a special event at the National Theatre featuring performances by the shortlisted poets and school children.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that was not possible and the CLiPPA was postponed. The new partnership between CLPE and The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will enable this important celebration of poetry for children to go ahead, and schools across the UK and beyond are invited to watch and take part.

This year's shadowing scheme
As part of the shadowing scheme, we will provide free teaching resources and videos to support your teaching of poetry in your classroom over a 3 week period. All participating schools can enter videos of their poetry performances as part of the scheme where, one performance per shortlisted poetry collection will be chosen as the winner.

Register your interest to take part in the school's shadowing scheme.

About The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 
The world’s first literature festival is 71 years old this year. It still leads the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers, while inspiring over 9,000 school children with a love of books through its Literature for Schools programme.

Find out more about The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The CLiPPA is supported by Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and Arts Council England.