The poem that Brian chose was
Andrew Weale’s ‘Wonder-pudderful’.
Andrew Weale’s dream was to be
the next Pavarotti. He has performed under many of the great conductors, such
as Sir Georg Solti and Simon Rattle. Then one evening, after a performance, he
felt an irresistible urge to put pen to paper and out came a piece of writing
in perfect verse. This was The Oscar Song
(or How To Become A Star), which was
later put to music and performed (by Andrew) in one of the big Stuttgart
theatres. Since then, Andrew has written mainly in verse for young children.
His picture books Spooky Spooky House and
Dinosaur Doo have won awards
(including the Red House Children’s Book Award in 2013), and his latest project
is a collection of poems about punctuation: Functuation!
Punctuation! The Caterpillar Poetry Prize has gone to one of those poems,
‘Wonder-pudderful’. And how wonder-pudderful that is!
The winning poem is published in the summer issue of The Caterpillar.
The following were also commended by the judge Brian
Featherstone’s Daughter by Carole Bromley
Carole Bromley has
three collections with Smith/Doorstop, the most recent being a children’s
collection, Blast Off! This is the
third time Carole has been commended in The
Caterpillar Poetry Prize. She is currently working on a second book of poetry
Wild Woods of Summer by Cheryl Moskowitz
Moskowitz has led courses for the Poetry School and teaches on the Creative
Writing BA at the University of East London. Publications include a collection
of poetry for adults and one for children, and a novel, Wyoming Trail, published by Granta.
The Giant’s Widow by Michael O’Connor
Michael O’Connor teaches at St Nicholas Montessori College, Dun
Laoghaire. He has four adult children and one granddaughter. He lives in
Ballybrack, Co Dublin.
The Troublesome Comma by Chris Owen
Owen hails from Sussex in England. A former radio journalist and newsreader, he
migrated to Perth in 2003, where he changed careers to become a primary school
teacher. He is the author of two books for children, and was shortlisted for
the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award.
A Collection of Fleas by Heather F. Reid
F Reid lives near Perth, Scotland with her rescue dog and two crazy cats. She
was once chased by a very angry elephant. Some of her scribblings can be found
For the Losers by William Sharff
Billy Sharff lives
in the woods of New Hampshire, where he writes stories and poems that are
usually too silly to be published.
and What’s Mine by Robert Schechter
Schechter’s poems for children have been published in The Caterpillar,
Highlights for Children, Cricket,
Spider, Ladybug and many anthologies. He also writes for adults. You
can learn more about him at bobschechter.com.
The Wall by Susie Weber
Susie Weber is
a writer and educator. She lives with her husband and twin 11-year-old
daughters in Boulder, Colorado where they enjoy reading good writing and