Author Archives: Tom MacAndrew

Imagine a Poem the competition winners

For National Poetry Day 2017 in association with Frances Lincoln and Amnesty International UK, we ran a special competition asking children to write a poem inspired by the theme of Freedom, and in particular John Lennon’s immortal song Imagine, which is now the basis for a beautiful picture book, illustrated by Jean Jullien. Thank you…

National Poetry Day Schools Festival in Hull

This year, National Poetry Day will be launched from Hull, in honour of its status as city of culture. Hull, with its proud abolitionist history, via celebrated son William Wilberforce, is also behind this year’s NPD theme: FREEDOM. In May, the Hull No Limits Learning team invited National Poetry Day to run a poetry festival…

REVEALED! THE CLiPPA SHORTLIST 2017

Our partners at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) have announced the 2017 shortlist for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA). This is the 15th anniversary of the CLiPPA which encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children. This year’s shortlist reflects the breadth and depth of poetry for children…

How to start a Narrative Workshop

Since 2014, writers Imogen Lycett Green and Barbara Doherty have pioneered the use of poetry in Narrative Workshops at the Brighton Health & Wellbeing centre, an integrated NHS practice in East Sussex. Reading, discussion and expressive writing in response to poetry have been proven to increase emotionaland physical resilience. Narrative Workshops help people who are…

Forward Arts Foundation Commissions New Poems for National Poetry Day

Forward Arts Foundations commissions new poems from the five poets shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. Poets were invited to respond to the National Poetry Day 2016 theme of ‘messages’. The Felix Denis Prize for Best First Collection celebrates the best books of poetry from new poets publishing in the UK. The prize…

Launch of Messages: A National Poetry Day Book

Forward Art’s Foundation and Macmillan Children’s Books have created ‘Messages: A National Poetry Day Book’ to celebrate National Poetry Day 2016 and encourage readers to ‘say it with a poem’. Fourteen National Poetry Day ambassadors have contributed new poems and nominated old favourites, including Matt  Goodfellow, Rachel McCrum, Deborah Alma, Brian Moses, Liz Brownlee, Michaela…

National Poetry Day schools competition

WIN a National Poetry Day schools kit – posters, badges and books In schools all over the country it’s the day when poetry breaks out of the classroom into the corridors, the canteen, the sports field, and beyond. To kick-start the countdown, we’re offering schools all over the UK the chance to win a special…