Announcement of the Winner - CLiPPA 2018 (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award)

Hip Hop artist and debut poet Karl Nova was announced as the winner of CLiPPA 2018
Rising Stars poetry collection, by poets and performers from under-represented communities, is highly commended

Watch the CLiPPA 2018 winner Karl Nova talk about the award and read one of his poems

The CLiPPA 2018

Rhythm and Poetry by Karl Nova (published by Caboodle Books) - WINNER

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) - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Also Shortlisted:

Congratulations to all the shortlisted poets! The winner was announced at the CLiPPA 2018 Poetry Show on 22 June at the National Theatre, London.

Our CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) for a book of poetry for children was launched in 2003 and is the only award for published poetry for children. CLiPPA highlights an important branch of children’s literature, ensuring that it receives proper recognition. We run a free Shadowing Scheme for Schools alongside this Award.

Teaching sequences for CLiPPA

We have produced teaching sequences and poet performance films for all of the shortlisted books. Choose from the following high quality resources to support you to get your class performing poetry!

The Rainmaker Danced by John Agard. Resources for years 4/5
Overheard in a Tower Block by Joseph Coelho. Resources for years 6/7
Where Zebras Go by Sue Hardy-Dawson. Resources for years 2/3/4
Rising Stars. New Young Voices in Poetry by multiple poets. Resources for years 7/8
Rhythm and Poetry by Karl Nova. Resources for years 4/5
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan. Resources for Upper KS3/KS4

Read a blog by Dr Laura Ovenden about her experience of taking part in CLiPPA and how poetry has been transformational for her class. Listen to the Just Imagine podcast with Charlotte Hacking and 2017 CLiPPA winner Kate Wakeling on CLiPPA, the shadowing scheme and the importance of poetry in primary schools. 

Shortlisted books will be available from Letterbox Library

Understand copyright with Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)

New for this year we have partnered with ALCS to educate teachers and children about copyright and the rights of writers. ALCS have produced some handy guides for teachers to download and use with their class which are available to download from this page.

Support for schools in the North East

We may be able to support shadowing schools in the North East to travel to London to perform at the Award Ceremony with funding from the Siobhan Dowd trust. Please contact us if this is of interest.

CLiPPA 2018 Chair and Judges

This year the Chair of the Judging panel was poet and first ever CLiPPA winner, Grace Nichols.

Grace was joined by a range of poetry experts who share a passion for poetry and its place in children’s developing literacy.

Anthony Anaxagorou - Poet and poetry educator. Founder of Out-Spoken Press
Charlotte Hacking - CLPE Learning Programme Leader
Imogen Lycett Green - Director of the Betjeman Poetry Prize for Young Poets
Kate Wakeling - Poet and CliPPA 2017 winner for Moon Juice

Our Poetry Research

Get prepared for the Schools Shadowing Scheme by reading our newly updated ‘What We Know Works’ poetry booklet and the summary of our 2017 research project funded by Arts Council England.

Got a question about CLiPPA? Email us


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About the CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA) with 2018 winner Karl Nova

Watch the CLiPPA 2018 winner Karl Nova on the award and read his poetry