CLiPPA 2017: An Interview with winner Kate Wakeling

By Katherine Woodfine | 26 July, 2017

For this month's show, Louise went along to the announcement of the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) which took place at the Poetry Show at the Olivier, National Theatre.

Four young poetry-lovers from one of the schools shadowing the award, Benedict Primary School in Merton, joined her to interview poet Kate Wakeling about her winning book MOON JUICE.












Turning the tables on her young interviewers, Kate also asked them to tell us a bit about what they like best about poetry, before the children went on to perform some of her poems at the award ceremony - see below.  Listen to the interview in our July show


We at Down the Rabbit Hole are big fans of CLiPPA, which is the only award for published poetry for children, helping to draw attention to an important area of children's literature.

Catch a previous behind-the-scenes visit in episode 15 or tune into our Poetry Special from 2016, in which we discuss what makes poetry for children so special with guests Joseph Coelho and Sarah Crossan - both previous winners of the CLiPPA.

Visit the CLiPPA website to find out about all the shortlisted books for this year's award, as well as resources for teachers to use in the classroom with children from Early Years through to Year 7. You can also find out how schools can sign up to shadow the award.