Our poetry competition for school pupils is back!
Do you enjoy writing poems in English and collaborating with your classmates? Would you like to see your poetry translated and published to a wide online audience, win tickets to the poesiefestival berlin (17 - 23 June 2022), and secure a place on a writing course at Berlin's prestigious Haus für Poesie? Would your class like to win an exclusive poetry-writing workshop?
In the context of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, the focus of this year's competition is climate change. The British Council is actively engaged in giving a platform to the climate emergency and exploring the relevance of the topic. The competition is part of a global initiative at the British Council: The Climate Connection brings together people from all over the world to exchange ideas and take action.
We are delighted that the multi-award-winning UK poet Raymond Antrobus alongside German poet Karla Montasser (Haus für Poesie) will be judging our poetry competition this year. Antrobus' poem Silence / Presence provides the starting point for the pupils' poems. This year, pupils can enter their responses to Antrobus' poem as a class or as an individual (or both!). Pupils must write their poems in English. The poems should be a maximum of 30 lines long. Pupils must be aged between 13-18 years old at the time of writing.