Mitton wins CLPE poetry award

Mitton wins CLPE poetry award

Tony Mitton is the winner of this year’s CLPE Poetry Award for Wayland, a retelling of the legend of Wayland the blacksmith, illustrated by John Lawrence and published by David Fickling books.
 
The judging panel, chaired by Roger McGough, said they chose Wayland as the winner for its “mastery of the form, its epic nature and its beauty”, adding: “This verse retelling of the legend of a master blacksmith who fashions such ‘wonderful ware’ that he is captured by a king is a tour de force.”
 
The CLPE Poetry Award is now in its 14th year and was set up to highlight the importance of poetry in children’s literature.
 
Also shortlisted this year were Joanne Limburg for Bookside Down (Salt Publishing) – which received a highly commended nod from the judges - Kathy Henderson for The Dragon with a Big Nose (Frances Lincoln), and Grace Nichols for Cosmic Disco, illustrated by Alice Wright (Frances Lincoln). Julia Donaldson was also shortlisted forediting Poems to Perform, illustrated by Clare Melinsky (Macmillan).
 
Lawrence was announced the winner at a ceremony in London last night and received a £1,000 prize and a specially bound version of hisbook created by the bookbinder Mark Cockram.
 
A new “poetry trail”, based on all the poems shortlisted has also been created a King’s Cross, starting at the area’s visitor area. Children can take part by downloading a trail guide.