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
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
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
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
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 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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