Poetry Together competition

Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival are delighted to join forces with the Co-operative Charity Partnership and British Red Cross 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 is now closed and the shortlisted poems selected by our judges 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 Joss 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)

Further details about our shortlisted entrants, including their poems and comments from the judging panel, will be posted here soon.

The shortlisted entrants will have their poems professionally designed as postcards and are invited to attend the presentation event on Thursday 16th June at Manchester Metropolitan University. The overall winning pair, to be announced at the event, will receive £500 in vouchers to share. They will also be awarded the Poetry Together trophy!

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.

Read the Poetry Together Competition Guidance and Information.