Performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho has been awarded £1,000 as winner of the CLiPPA 2015 for his first solo collection of poems Werewolf Club Rules!, illustrated by John O’Leary, published by Frances Lincoln. Joseph will also receive a specially bound copy of Werewolf Club Rules! designed and hand bound by bookbinder Mark Cockram.
Roger McGough, Poet and Chair of the CLiPPA 2015 judges praised the winning collection: “The shortlist this year was very strong and very diverse, it showed the real range of poetic writing that is available. Joseph’s collection showcases his work as a fresh new voice in children’s poetry. The book is a wonderful mixture of lyrical verse, personal experience, humour and insight. His delight in language, ability to tell everyday stories and use of comedy and pathos are what made this book our winner. ”
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education runs the annual Poetry Award which encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children. It is the only award in the UK for published children’s poetry. The announcement was made at the finale of The Poetry Show, a lively celebration of poetry with children at its heart held at the National Theatre. All of the CLiPPA 2015 shortlisted poets performed alongside Roger McGough and the children who were Shadowing Scheme winners. Watched by a packed house of poets, educators, publishers and media and schools, children taking part in the inaugural CLiPPA shadowing scheme took to the stage with passionate performances of their favourite shortlisted poems