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Winner announced for CLiPPA 2017 | 14-Jul-17

Poet Kate Wakeling wins CLiPPA 2017 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award) for her first collection for children, Moon Juice, illustrated by Elina Braslina, published by The Emma Press.

Rachel Rooney, Poet and Chair of the CLiPPA 2017 judges praised the winning book; "Moon Juice is a book brimming with surprises. Some of the poems are playful, some are more thoughtful but all of them draw the reader into worlds that both delight and convince. Kate Wakeling tunes us into the musicality of words, the pauses between, and the white space on the page - making the poems equally pleasing to the eye as to the ear. This is a skilled and confident debut collection that demonstrates the power and breadth of poetry for children. Yes, Moon Juice is infused with subtle and unusual tastes and it refreshes - exactly as the title suggests."

Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive, CLPE said: "At CLPE we live and breathe poetry. We know it offers a path to literacy learning for all children whatever their age, cultural background or personal experience. This is the 15th Anniversary of CLiPPA, our annual Poetry Award and I am thrilled to say that children's poetry is thriving. Judging by the increased number of books submitted this year incorporating a variety of poetic forms, we see a bright future ahead for this significant strand of children’s literature. Moon Juice and all the shortlisted titles deserve their places in this, our largest ever celebration of children's poetry."

Booked by Kwame Alexander, published by Andersen Press, was highly commended.

Run by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education since 2003, the annual Poetry Award is the only one of its kind in the UK, encouraging and celebrating outstanding poetry published for children. The announcement was made at the finale of The Poetry Show at the Olivier in the National Theatre, a lively celebration of poetry with children at its heart. 

Kate received a cheque for £1000 and both Kate and Kwame received copies of their book created by bookbinder, Mark Cockram.

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