Posts Tagged ‘2016’

The 2016 Betjeman Poetry Prize for young poets aged 10-13

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Only 7 weeks to go till the DEADLINE on 31st JULY 2016

Now in its 10th anniversary year (huzzah!), the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be sifting through your poems with her co-judge, the brilliant artist and poet Imtiaz Dharker to find the winner of the 2016 Betjeman Poetry Prize. Imtiaz and Carol Ann are looking for emotion, imagery and rhythm. Above all, they want to hear your voice. Play with words and write a poem about ‘place’.

The winner takes home £500 for their own pocket (and £500 for their school.)! Finalists read their poems in London at St Pancras Station on National Poetry Day in front of an impressive audience. The top fifty poems will be published in the 2016 Betjeman Poetry Prize Anthology.
You can enter online or by post. Or beg your English teachers to teach you how to do it and encourage them to enter the WHOLE CLASS. See betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk for past winners, writing tips, full prize list and entry details.

Have fun while you learn how to write poems with Betjeman Poetry Prize ambassador and celebrated poet Harry Man, who will be delivering his fantastic poetry workshops at the Feast Festival at Waddesdon Manor, Bucks THIS WEEKEND – Sat 18 & Sun 19 June

‘What It’s Like To Be…’ with Harry Man
One hour workshops at 12pm and 3pm

The tallest! The shortest! The strongest! The smallest! The biggest! The sweetest! The baddest! The most amazing magician in the world! Or what is like to be shy? Or to have curly hair? What’s it like to be YOU? We will be looking at ways to write about what makes us truly unique, and drawing some inspiration from famous characters who might give us some rather excellent ideas… Harry Man takes new poets through a 1 hour workshop exploring who we are, and what makes us so unique. Word games and writing exercises and surprising discussions abound. No previous poetry experience necessary!
Harry Man was Poet in Residence at StAnza Poetry Festival in St. Andrews, Scotland 2016. His pamphlet, Lift was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2013. In 2014 he won the UNESCO Bridges of Struga Award. He’s a 2016 Hawthornden Fellow and his next pamphlet is called Finders Keepers and is published by Sidekick Books.
This event is sponsored by the Betjeman Poetry Prize, a writing competition for children aged 10-13.

Quick Reads announces 2016 titles

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, is amongst the authors featured on the 2016 Galaxy® Quick Reads title list.

Quick Reads celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2016 with a diverse collection of titles which will be  sponsored by Galaxy® for a sixth year:

  • Agatha Christie (edited by Sophie Hannah and John Curran) – The Double Clue: Poirot Short Stories
  • Ann Cleeves – Too Good to be True
  • Lucy Diamond – A Baby at the Beach Café
  • Veronica Henry (editor) – The Anniversary: Ten Tempting Stories From Ten Bestselling Authors
  • Andy McNab – On the Rock
  • Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb – I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (An Abridged Edition)

One in six adults in the UK struggles with reading, whilst one in three does not read for pleasure, and Quick Reads will next year continue its work to break down barriers to reading. Ninety-seven per cent of literacy practitioners report that using Quick Reads has been effective at raising learners’ confidence to read, whilst 95% say that the books have been effective at improving readers’ literacy skills.


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