THE STORY BEHIND THE IDEA
Many of us wrote when we were children, the wonder and ambition born from praise and acknowledgement is something we should never underestimate.
I still remember those pinnacle English Teachers, Editors and Publishers who gave me the first taste of the writing world.
One of my nephews has just reached that grand age where he leaves the first school where he has been nurtured and praised his whole school life to embark on the next journey (a slightly longer walk), to the new school in September.
Cutting the long story short – he wrote an amazing poem for his Leaver’s Assembly and was asked to read it (which I know, having taught for 18 years – is code for WE LOVE IT)! I loved it too and not just because I am his Auntie.
From what I did next… came my next WPL idea.
Encourage young poets.
If you are over 18 and know a young poet (4-16) get the permission of their parent/guardian and nominate them for a
Worcestershire Poet Laureate Keep Writing Award.
WHAT TO DO:
Email worcspl[at]gmail.com (replacing the [at] with the symbol).
Title the email NOMINATION.
Send a brief bio of the nominee: Age, First Name, reason for writing the poem.
Send the poem in the body of an email.
WHAT THEY GET:
I will send a digital certificate (PDF) that you can download and print or view on screen.
SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION
You must be over 18.
You must have the permission of the parent/carer.
Please email from your account.
DO NOT send anything from a child’s email account.