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We are excited to announce the winners of our latest poetry competition for school pupils!

In late 2021 we launched a nationwide poetry competition in the context of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow. 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. School pupils across Germany were encouraged to write a poem which responds to multi-award-winning UK poet  Raymond Antrobus' poem Silence / Presence. German poet Karla Montasser (Haus für Poesie) and Raymond Antrobus judged the poems.

We are delighted to announce the following winners:

Individual poems

1st prize: Nadin Nasser (11. Klasse, Max-Eyth-Schule, Dreieich)

2nd prize (joint): Merit Lachmann (11. Klasse, Freiherr-vom-Stein Gymnasium, Kleve) and Anna Maria Chan (8. Klasse, Emmy-Noether-Gymnasium, Erlangen)

Class poems

1st prize: Arthur Kästner (on behalf of the poems submitted by the 11. Klasse at Andreas Gymnasium, Berlin)

2nd prize: Entries submitted by the 10. Klasse, Sophie-Opel-Schule, Rüsselsheim am Main

The jury was most impressed by the standard of all the entries and the variety of approaches employed in response to Raymond Antrobus' poem Silence / Presence. This year's competition showcased an exceptional level of talent in schools across the country. Winners will be contacted individually in due course with jury statements for the reasoning behind their commendation. Winners will also be contacted about the specifics of their prizes, and all participants will receive feedback on their poems. Thank you to all our entrants for taking part, to their teachers for their support, and congratulations to all the winners! 

Read and download the winning poems 

Nadin Nasser - 1st prize, Individual Poems category
Arthur Kästner - 1st prize, Class Poems category
Merit Lachmann - 2nd prize, Individual Poems category
Anna Maria Chan - 2nd prize, Individual Poems category