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Created: 15th July, 2021

Shortlist announced for the CLiPPA 2021

The announcement of the shortlist for the CLiPPA  (The Centre for Literacy In Primary Education Poetry Award) 2021 was made today as part of Poetry By Heart 's award ceremony at The Globe Theatre and included live poetry readings from leading children’s poets alongside performances by children from primary schools who took part in the previous CLiPPA's Shadowing scheme.

The 2021 shortlist celebrates exceptional poetry for children by brand new voices and the UK’s best-known and best-loved children’s poet.

The five books on the shortlist are:

The winner of the 2021 CLiPPA will be revealed at the The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, on Monday 11 October, in a Poetry Show introduced by CLiPPA judges, Zaro Weil and Allie Esiri, and featuring performances by the shortlisted poets. Schools across the UK and beyond will be able to watch the show on The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform and access CLPE teaching sequences.

Alongside the CLiPPA to promote the teaching of poetry in schools, we run a Schools Shadowing Scheme.

The CLiPPA is an award for children’s poetry and the shadowing scheme is a fantastic way for children to be an integral part of the celebrations.

When the shortlisted collections are announced, our team of expert teachers write detailed planning linked to each collection which focuses on the appreciation, performance, response to and writing of poetry. Schools can register to take part in the shadowing scheme and receive updates and links to the materials when they are released.

As part of the process, groups and individual children can pick a poem that they have particularly enjoyed and film a performance of this to submit to the shadowing scheme judges. The judges will then pick a winner for each collection.

Register for the 2021 CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme.

The CLiPPA is delivered in partnership with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and supported by Arts Council England.