Poetry Together competition

Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival joined forces with the Co-operative Charity Partnership and British Red Cross in 2015/16 to launch Poetry Together.  Poetry Together Logo

Poetry Together is a brand new cross-generational competition that invites children and young people to pair up with a parent, grandparent, carer, older sibling or friend, to share their ideas and create brand new poetry. The aim of the competition is to bring people together creatively, while also raising awareness of the great work that the British Red Cross do to help tackle loneliness so that they can help the most vulnerable people. Reconnecting generations and getting people talking; it’s poetry in action!

The 2016 Poetry Together competition closed on 29th April and the entries were judged by Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy and Martin Kratz.

The shortlisted entrants are:

  • Ute Carson and Kaius Carson-Powers from Austen, Texas (My Omi)
  • Pat Edwards and Martha Edwards from Welshpool, Powys (Two Sonnets)
  • Adrian Hall and Jos Hall from Lancaster (In the Jeep Jeep Dungle)
  • Carole Ann Smith and Joshua Huw Smith from Loughor, Swansea (Ellis Evans of Trawsfynydd)
  • Sian Williams and Samina from Levenshulme, Manchester (We Lived in the Wind)

The overall winner, each presented with a Poetry Together trophy and £500 in vouchers to share, was Carole Ann Smith and Joshua Huw Smith.
Read more on the MCBF blog

> Download all 6 of the shortlisted entries

Funding for the Poetry Together competition came from the Co-operative Charity Partnership, with the British Red Cross, and we are proud to be part of their campaign to combat loneliness, which impacts people from all generations. You can find out more and help to tackle loneliness in communities across the UK by donating at the British Red Cross website.

Further information about the Letting in the Stars poetry campaign, visit www.mcbf.org.uk/get-involved/let-in-the-stars-of-childrens-poetry

There also resources to help you to get started if you would like to write a poem with someone from another generation.

Feedback from Poetry Together in its first year has been overwhelmingly positive and we hope to run the competition again for 2016/17.  Sign up for the MCBF mailing list or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be kept up to date.  As soon as further details about next year’s competition are known, they will be posted here.