Last night’s IBBY UK AGM was held at the Poetry Place and was accompanied by a fascinating talk about the Poetry Society’s educational work by Education Projects Coordinator Lucy Wood. The Society runs lots of great schemes to support poetry teaching and learning.
The Foyle Young Poets Award inspires poetic talent in 11-17 year-olds. Winners get professional help with their writing and have their poem printed in the Foyle Winners Anthology. Previous winners have gone on to great things. The Society provides lesson plans and support to partaking schools.
They also have an impressive Poets in Schools scheme.
Poetry Train is a new free booklet produced to give teachers more confidence in teaching poetry at key stages 1 and 2. It’s full of teaching ideas based on poems by some excellent poets.
SLAMbassadors UK has a powerful track record in fostering poetry reading, writing and performance among 12-18 year-olds. The theme is identity. The winners’ work is showcased at a live performance in London.
The Young Poets Network is a forum for young poets of 25 and under. Thousands are signed up to this support community.
Twitter users can follow the Education Team at @poetry_soc_uk.
While I’m on the subject of children’s and young people’s poetry, a reminder about the CLPE Poetry Award, the only award for published poetry in the UK. There’s a very strong shortlist, and the winner will be announced on 17 July.