CLiPPA - The CLPE Poetry Award
The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is the only award solely presented for published poetry for children in the UK. Established in 2003, the annual Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.
Valerie Bloom (Photo Ellie Kurttz) won the CLiPPA 2022 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award) with a collection, Stars with Flaming Tails, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max (Otter-Barry Books), described as “a passport to the whole world”.
The announcement took place at the CLiPPA award show at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 8th July. The show featured performances from all the shortlisted poets, children from schools across the UK and live illustrations by Chris Riddell and was hosted by poet and 2021 CLiPPA winner Michael Rosen. Children from schools across the UK made up the audience with young winners of the Shadowing Scheme performing poems from each of the shortlisted collections live on stage alongside the poets.
The full CLiPPA 2022 shortlist is:
- Stars with Flaming Tails by Valerie Bloom, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max,
- Being Me Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings by Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Laura Mucha, illustrated by Victoria Jane Wheeler,
- Caterpillar Cake by Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Krina Patel-Sage,
- The Crossing, Manjeet Mann
- Cloud Soup by Kate Wakeling, illustrated by Elina Brasliņa,
The 2022 Award show ended an amazing programme of CLiPPA events with the announcement of the shortlist at special event at the new Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University hosted by poet Ruth Awolola with children and poets reading from the shortlisted collections and celebrations at The Globe, London on 20 June, as part of the Poetry By Heart competition finals.
Alongside the CLiPPA to promote the teaching of poetry in schools, we run a Schools Shadowing Scheme.
The Shadowing Scheme is an important part of the award process. 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 pick a winner for each collection, who will then be invited to perform at the award ceremony.The winners will have a wonderful experience on the day and will have the opportunity to meet the shortlisted poets who will be performing alongside them on stage in the award show.
The Shadowing Scheme 2022 is closed and finalists for the CLiPPA 2022 have now been chosen. View the winning schools video submissions.
The CLiPPA 2021
The CLiPPA 2021 shortlist and winners
The announcement of the Award was made at the sold-out Poetry Show hosted by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on Monday 11 October 2021, in a live Poetry Show, introduced by Allie Esiri and CLiPPA judge, poet Zaro Weil, winner of the 2020 CLiPPA. The Poetry Show featured performances by Michael Rosen and the other shortlisted poets Nikita Gill, Matt Goodfellow, Manjeet Mann and Jane Newberry and they were accompanied by another former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who illustrated their poems live on stage. The CLiPPA Poetry Show is available for schools everywhere to watch online and free of charge on The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform.
The shortlist for the 2021:
- Slam! You’re Gonna Wanna Hear This, chosen by Nikita Gill, Macmillan
- Bright Bursts of Colour, Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff, Bloomsbury Education
- Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann, Penguin
- Big Green Crocodile Rhymes to Say and Play, by Jane Newberry, illustrated by Carolina Rabei, Otter-Barry Books
- On the Move, Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake, Walker Books
Shadowing Winners for 2021
Shadowing winners have been divided into 4 star and 5 star winners.
The following are 4 Star Shadowing Winners:
And the 5 Star Shadowing Winners are as follows:
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