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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 its 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 childrens poets, and its 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.

Read 'Dear Ugly Sisters' in the Irish Times.
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. 

Read 'Don't Think of an Elephant' in the Irish Times.