Jamaican-born poet and novelist Valerie Bloom has been awarded the CLiPPA 2022 for her collection Stars with Fire Tails.
loom, 66, has been presented with the CLPE Children’s Poetry Prize (CLiPPA) by 2021 winner Michael Rosen at the Southbank Center in London.
Stars with Flaming Tails, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max, is a diverse collection of poetry that covers the themes of family, friends, and animals in sympathetic and often reciting ways.
Bloom, who draws on her Caribbean heritage in her poetry, performs various forms of poetry in the collection, including riddles and inversions, and uses a nursery rhyme and a verse in the collection. section called Fun with Forms.
Poet and CLiPPA jury president Philip Gross said: “Stars with Fire Tails are like a passport to the whole world, and beyond.
“This is poetry that can go anywhere, from the personal to the planetary, the surreal to the scientific, with an invitation to all of us to look, laugh, listen to our feelings and thoughts.
“And while, barely realizing it, we are being given the keys to the craft of writing for ourselves.”
The CLiPPA 2022 shortlist also includes Being Me, a collection of poems addressing worries and concerns by Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Laura Mucha and Caterpillar Cake, as well as by Matt Goodfellow, a collection of poems read aloud for children. small.
2017 CLiPPA winner Kate Wakeling is also on the shortlist with her Cloud Soup collection, and Manjeet Mann is on the shortlist for the second year in a row with her book Award-winning novel The Crossing. Costa.
Previous recipients of the award include Carol Ann Duffy, John Agard, Jackie Kay and Joseph Coelho – newly appointed Miss Children UK.
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Louise Johns-Shepherd, Executive Director of the Center for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Louise Johns-Shepherd said: “Valerie’s inspiring collection invites children to engage with poetry in a variety of ways and to speak out. great for all areas of human experience.
“It deserves to be in every book corner and library in foreign lands. After the hardships of the past two years, it’s been a pleasure to celebrate this amazing shortlist with a live audience and at each event we see enthusiasm and excitement for the poetry bubble. and fizz. “
Although Bloom has written and edited several volumes of poetry for children and adults, this is the first time she has won a CLiPPA award.
In 2008, she was made an MBE for poetry services.
In addition to the prize, Bloom will receive £1,000 and be recorded for the National Poetry Archive.
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