Michael Rosen and Sarah Crossan crowned CLiPPA 2016 Winners!
Former Children's Laureate, poet, performer and broadcaster Michael Rosen wins for his collection 'A Great Big Cuddle', illustrated by Chris Riddell. He is joined by author and previous CLiPPA shortlisted poet Sarah Crossan for her verse novel, 'One'.
John Hegley, Poet and Chair of the CLiPPA 2016 judges praised the winning books: “The five shortlisted titles are an exemplary spread of what poetry can be. The winning poets both have their very different inspirations so meticulously architected on the page. As one of the judging panel remarked, together the books proclaim,' it doesn't matter if you're 3 or 16, poetry, is for you!'”
Run by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, the annual Poetry Award is the only one of its kind in the UK, encouraging and celebrating outstanding poetry published for children. The winner’s announcement was made at the finale of The Poetry Show at the National Theatre, a lively celebration of poetry with children at its heart. All of the CLiPPA 2016 shortlisted poets alongside poet and chair of judges John Hegley and winners of the children’s Shadowing Scheme performed to a packed house of poets, educators, publishers, media and schools. Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell brought the ceremony to life, live-drawing the whole event from the stage.
Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive, CLPE said: “At CLPE we are committed to ensuring that poetry is central to children’s learning. Reading, writing, creating and performing poetry is integral to all aspects of developing literacy. The judges have chosen two winners who demonstrate the variety of the poetic form and its wide appeal to all ages. The winning works, and all the shortlisted books, show how important and diverse this art form is and together show just what an accessible and significant contribution poetry can make as children build a love of literature. ”
More than 1000 children from 80 schools took part in the Shadowing Scheme submitting between them nearly 130 films of children performing their favourite poems from the shortlist. The winning performers were invited to the National Theatre to meet the shortlisted poets and take part in specially planned theatre workshops. The winning children then performed on stage alongside the shortlisted poets before the winner announcement.
National Poetry Day’s 2016 theme of ‘messages’ was also announced today with CLiPPA award-winning poets Michael Rosen and Sarah Crossan calling on schools and children to ‘Say it with a Poem.’ Balloons featuring poems from the winning Shadowing Schools and the CLiPPA poets were released into the sky from the National Theatre from a spectacular poetic machine. Conceived by designer David Colombini, “Attachment” allows people to send digital messages, images or videos into the air attached to biodegradable balloons and highlights the power of poetry to convey a message.
Susannah Herbert, Executive Director, Forward Arts Foundation said: “On National Poetry Day, poetry takes centre stage, elbowing boring old prose aside. Children are instinctive poets: they love wordplay, rhythm, rhyme, breaking the rules and inventing joyful new combinations of sound and meaning. They know that anything you say with a poem will be remembered. So we’re thrilled to be launching this year’s NPD theme – Messages - here at the CLiPPA, which celebrates poetry written for children to enjoy, discover and, above all, to share.“