THE CATERPILLAR POETRY PRIZE 2018 WINNER ANNOUNCED!
of The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018 is 'Mustafa’s Jumper' by Coral Rumble
is such a unique and inspired magazine. Winning The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is all shades of wonderful! So
honoured, and a little dazed.’ Coral Rumble
You can read the winning
poem in this article in the Irish Times.
Coral, who has, according to Michael Rosen, ‘a dash and
delight about her work,’ has published three collections of poetry for children – Creatures, Teachers and Family Features,
Breaking the Rules and My Teacher’s as Wild as a Bison. Her
last two collections were featured in the ‘Best Books’ supplement of Junior Education Magazine and were selected as ‘choices’ by The
Children’s Poetry Bookshelf, and she recently featured in Favourite Poets (published by Hodder Children’s Books).
She has contributed many poems to the
Cbeebies TV programmes Poetry Pie and
The Rhyme Rocket and is the writer of
the Pinkasaurus stories that have
been broadcast on Cbeebies Radio.
Coral works regularly on education
projects, at home and abroad, with the likes of the Poetry Society and the
British Council. She enjoys helping children of all ages and abilities to write
poems they can be proud of, and she has given workshops in some unusual places,
the grandest of which was Buckingham Palace.
She is Poetry Editor for
the Writers’ Advice Centre in London and works on the Able Writers scheme. More
recently, Coral has teamed up with her illustrator daughter, Charlotte Cooke,
to produce a picture book called The
Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, which was longlisted for the Oscar’s
First Book Prize.
The following were also commended by the judge
in the Cloakroom' by Carole Bromley
first collection for children, Blast Off!
was published by Little Donkey last year. Her children’s poems have appeared in
and in A Poem for Every Night of the Year
the Nits' by Marie Carmichael
Marie Carmichael is a retired Marie
Curie nurse and lives in Clackmannan, Scotland. She now likes to spend more
time writing children`s poetry and volunteering on the canal boats in Falkirk.
'Meals on Wheels' by Nikki Cookson
Cookson has been a primary school teacher in Lancashire for over twenty years,
but refuses to grow up and often has her head in the clouds or stuck in a book.
She loves writing stories and poems to share with the children.
'Mum’s Menu' by Sam Cummings
Cummings lives in Australia after moving there from the UK. She is a short
story writer, and believes strongly that children have the best sense of
'Fledgling' by Matt Goodfellow
Goodfellow is a National Poetry Day
Ambassador from Manchester. His most recent collections are The Same Inside (Macmillan, 2018),
written with Liz Brownlee and Roger Stevens, and Chicken on the Roof (Otter Barry, 2018).
Sea’s a Salt Blue Dish' by Mary Green
Mary Green lives in Brighton. She writes
anything and everything for children and young adults, but best of all she
loves writing poems and stories.
'Dear Tallest Man in the World' by Louise Greig
writes poetry and children’s picture books from her home in Aberdeen, which she
shares with her husband and her rescue greyhound, Smoky. She grew up inhabited
by the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson and recognises that a poem can reside in
the heart of a child for life. She is a former winner of The Caterpillar Poetry
'Our Grandpa' by Nicolette Gunn
Gunn has first-hand experience of children, grandchildren and teaching. She
loves to read and enjoys writing poems, rhymes and flash fiction. She is
retired and lives near family in Dorset.
'Bill the Bad' by Jonathan Humble
Jonathan Humble is a teacher in Cumbria. He’s
worked as a painter, lettuce picker and engineer in the power industry. He
writes poetry and short stories. He likes trees, kids, dogs, libraries and
'My Dental Dilemma' by Jenny Lamothe
is a freelance writer living in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. When she’s not
writing, she’s laughing.
'Mooncalf' by Kate O’Neil
O’Neil is an Australian. Her poems for children appear in magazines and
anthologies in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Her first
collection, Strike a Light, is
forthcoming from Triple D books.