We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) to celebrate the annual CLiPPA CLPE Poetry Award at this year’s The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. The winner will be announced in a very special Festival Poetry Show on Friday 9 October.
The shortlist for the CLiPPA 2020 will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 1 October, the eve of the The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, which opens on Friday 2 October. Poetry will be celebrated throughout the Festival’s programme of school and family events, with previous CLiPPA winner Joseph Coelho amongst poets taking part.
The winner of the CLiPPA will then be revealed at the Poetry Show on Friday 9 October, alongside the launch of the shadowing scheme, introduced by CLiPPA judges, poets Valerie Bloom and Steven Camden, and featuring performances by the shortlisted poets. Schools across the UK and beyond will be able to watch the show for free on The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform and access poetry CPD sessions created by CLPE.
Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive of CLPE, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on this and delighted that with the support of Loraine and the team, the CLiPPA will be celebrated in such style and watched by thousands of teachers and children. We will launch our shadowing scheme at the Poetry Show so that all the watching schools can join in, get involved and create their own poetry performances.”
Loraine Evans, Family and Schools Programme Manager for the Literature Festival said: “Poetry has always been an important part of our programme for schools and families, so the partnership with CLPE is a perfect fit. We are delighted to be the home of the 2020 CLiPPA, always one of the highlights of the children’s books calendar, and the Poetry Show will be an unmissable event!”
The CLiPPA is normally celebrated with a special event at the National Theatre featuring performances by the shortlisted poets and school children. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that was not possible and the CLiPPA was postponed. The new partnership between CLPE and The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will enable this important celebration of poetry for children to go ahead, and schools across the UK and beyond are invited to watch and take part.
About Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and the CLiPPA
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education is an independent UK charity working to raise the literacy achievement of children by putting quality children’s literature at the heart of all learning. It is a charity with a national and international reputation for excellent literacy training and resources. In January 2020, CLPE was named as the 2019 recipient of the Eleanor Farjeon Award.
The CLiPPA (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award) was developed to ensure that children’s poetry has a recognised place within children’s literature.
The judges for the 2020 Award are poets Valerie Bloom and Steven Camden, winner of the CLiPPA 2019, Tracey Guiry, director of the Poetry Archive and Charlotte Hacking, Learning Programmes Leader at CLPE.
The CLiPPA is supported by Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and Arts Council England.