We are on a mission and we want you to take up our challenge, honour the poetry that inspired you to read and write as a child, and help us to let in the stars of children’s poetry. There are all sorts of ways to get involved.
Share poetry together in class or at home. Why not Tweet or Facebook MCBF with pictures of yourself reading together? Or why not organise your own poetry performance – an open-mic in your school or library, where people can come along and share new or found poetry?
Adopt a poem – after sharing your poetry with friends or classmates, adopt your favourite poem and perform it, illustrate it or use it to create new poems. (You could write it out on a piece of paper, cut it up and re-arrange the words to create the first line of another poem)
If you create new poetry you could enter a competition – there are lots around, we’ve put a few links to some of the best competitions we know about below.
Let us know what you’re doing – whether it’s a project that you’ve run and you’d like to promote your organisation and what you offer, whether you’ve run a small school or class project (maybe you’ve got an anthology, or film or performance to share), or maybe you’re just an individual who loves to share poetry with a young friend or relative.
The ‘Let in the Stars’ anthology, the book created to be a launch-pad for this campaign was shortlisted for the CLiPPA award in 2015. This is the only award in the UK for published children’s poetry and is organised by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). For details of the award, resources and other ideas and links visit https://clpe.org.uk/poetryline/clippa.
The Betjeman poetry prize is a free-to-enter poetry competition for 10-13 year olds. The competition deadline is in July and anyone can enter. Visit www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk.
Another competition with a July deadline is the Foyle Young Poets. This competition is for 11-17 year olds. Visit foyleyoungpoets.org for details of this competition.