Premier League Writing Stars Poetry Competition

14 Nov 2018

Casia Wiliam, Bardd Plant Cymru, joins Rio Ferdinand, Olly Murs, Lauren Child and Joseph Coelho on the judging panel for the Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition.

Premier League Writing Stars Poetry Competition

Deadline for entries: Friday 21 December

The Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition returns for its second year to inspire children aged between five and eleven to get creative and pen their own poem on the theme of  Diversity.

The campaign, which is open to all primary schools in Wales and England, is supported by stars from the worlds of football, entertainment and literature. Last year's inaugural Writing Stars competition encouraged more than 25,000 primary school pupils to write a poem.

For its second year, the competition is accepting Welsh-language entries, which will be judged by  Casia WiliamBardd Plant Cymru  (Welsh-language Children's Poet Laureate). The judging panel includes former Premier League footballer  Rio Ferdinand,  singer and songwriter  Olly Murs,  Waterstones Children's Laureate  Lauren Child,  and poet  Joseph Coelho.  All judging will be overseen by National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas.

To inspire children taking part in the competition Joseph Coelho has created a bespoke poem titled 'Beautifully different, wonderfully the same', which has been translated into Welsh by Casia.

Entries will be considered against a range of criteria including creativity, tone and originality. The winning poems will be published in a limited-edition book. Other prizes include author-led writing workshops and Premier League trophy school visits, as well as winning poems being read aloud by some of the competition judges. The first 1,000 primary schools to enter will receive a poetry book bag containing 12 different titles.

Find out more about the competition and how to enter by visiting: plprimarystars.com

Bardd Plant Cymru, Casia Wiliam, said: "What better way to celebrate the theme of diversity than by welcoming entries in Cymraeg (Welsh) too. My goal as Bardd Plant Cymru is to introduce literature to children in an energetic, dynamic and exciting way. Linking up with friends from the world of sport on projects such as this will definitely help to widen the reach and accessibility of literature."

The Writing Stars competition is supported by the National Literacy Trust and is part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, which engages more than 16,000 primary schools in England and Wales.

All poems are submitted via schools either online or by post. Teachers have until  Friday 21 December  to submit their pupils' work. Winners will be announced in March 2019.

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