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2017 winner ‘Auntie Aggie’ by Janet Turner

Janet Turner lives with her husband Clive in Brockenhurst in the New Forest in the UK. She was a secretary in the aircraft industry, then taught shorthand and typing, and spinning and weaving. Now retired, she has more time to devote to her twin passions – poetry and painting. The profits from her poetry collection Out of My Buttefly Mind were donated to the Naomi House and Jack’s Place Children’s Hospices.
The judge John Hegley had this to say: ‘There were many happinesses in the poetry I read, but “Auntie Aggie” won out in the end. The story flies straight and trusted and there are many incidents of delight – and “bum” and “pants” seemed necessary, not merely decorative.’

John Hegley also commended poems by Conrad Burdekin, Richard Evans, Matt Goodfellow, Louise Greig, Lyn Halliday, Mercedes Hessleroth, Eileen Keane, Jemima Laing, John Morris, Heather F. Reid, Shauna Darling Robertson and Gabe Rothschild.
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2016 winner ‘Dear Ugly Sisters’ by Laura Mucha

Laura lives in London, and worked as a face painter, studied flying trapeze and swam in Antarctica before becoming a lawyer. She relishes creating stories, characters and images for children, particularly when set to strict metre and rhyme. Over the last few years her poetry for children has been featured in a variety of magazines and anthologies (including The Caterpillar). 

‘I love writing poetry for children, and believe it’s one of the best ways of getting young people interested in language, reading and performance. I think The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an important award, particularly as there are so few outlets for children’s poets, and it’s a huge honour to have won it.’ Laura Mucha

The judges also commended poems by Carole Bromley, Theresa Donnelly, Louise Greig, Alison Porter, Heather Reid and Jo Withers.

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Listen to Laura read ‘Dear Ugly Sisters’. 

2015 winner ‘Don’t Think of an Elephant’ by Louise Greig

Louise lives in Aberdeen and works as a director of a dog re-homing organisation. Although a relative newcomer to writing, Louise was joint winner of the Manchester Writing for Children Prize and runner-up in the Chicken House Publishing ‘Big Idea’ competition in 2014.  

‘I am quite stunned and absolutely thrilled that my poem has won the inaugural Caterpillar Poetry Prize! I am a huge fan of The Caterpillar and was delighted and inspired by the competition.’ Louise Greig

The judges also commended poems by Stephanie Brennan, Mary Gilonne, Matt Goodfellow, Louise Greig, Mike Lukas and Myles McLeod. 

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