We were delighted to receive around 50 entries for the 2021 poetry competition.  A good time was had by all the judging panel.

Lucy Chambers, Chiswick Book Festival Children’s Events Coordinator and judge for the CBF Young People’s Poetry Competition said:

"It is a great privilege to be a judge once again for the Blossom Day Poetry Competition.  I loved the interesting imagery children used to describe nature,  cherry blossom, the local area and the potential impact of climate change.  It is wonderful to get an insight into how children view the world through poetry.  Congratulations to the prize-winners and to everyone who entered the competition.”   

Susan Lee Kerr, Grove Park poet, and author of the book "The Walk Home" said:

Thank you to all the young poets for your many views of earth and spring. You have a passion for the environment and an impressive concern for our planet. The poems showed close observation, awareness and humour using interesting words, stanzas, rhyme and repetition. Some of them could be raps! May you thrive and flower like the Staveley Road cherry blossom trees.

John Keegan said:

'I really enjoyed the young people's poems - they were imaginative, well written and committed to the future of our planet.'

Many thanks to Sally Malin for organising the competition.

This year's winners are:

Winning poems

Year 2 Poem winner - Ariana - Fairies in spring

Year 5 Poem winner - Aadya - Alive

Year 6 Poem winners:

Amber - The Giants We Can Be

Michael - A Rubbish Poem

Rozita - Our Dying Planet

Alice - Dear Future Residents

Egrata - Dear Earth

Madison - You took me away

Martha - The Years Fly By

Winning haiku

Florence - The Seasons of Japan Haiku

 

Highly commended poems

Martha - Problems

Donna - From my eyes

 

Highly commended haiku

Donel - The Seasons of Japan Haiku

Lily - The Seasons of Japan Haiku

Owen - The Seasons of Japan Haiku

 

Winning poems

 

Year 2 Poem winner

 Ariana - Fairies in spring

Year 5 Poem winner

Aadya - Alive

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 Year 6 poem winners:

Amber - The Giants We Can Be

 

Michael - A Rubbish Poem

 Amber - The Giants We Can BeAmber - The Giants We Can Be

 Michael - A Rubbish PoemMichael - A Rubbish Poem
Rozita - Our Dying Planet  Alice - Dear Future Residents
 Rozita - Our Dying PlanetRozita - Our Dying Planet  Alice - Dear Future ResidentsAlice - Dear Future Residents

Egrata - Dear Earth

Madison - You took me away

 Egrata - Dear EarthEgrata - Dear Earth  Madison - You took me awayMadison - You took me away

Martha - The Years Fly By

 

 Martha - The Years Fly ByMartha - The Years Fly By  

Winning Haiku

Florence - The Seasons of Japan Haiku

 
Haiku winner - Florence - The Seasons of Japan HaikuHaiku winner - Florence - The Seasons of Japan Haiku  

 

Highly commended poems

 

Martha - Problems

Donna - From my eyes
 Martha - ProblemsMartha - Problems  Donna - From my eyes Donna - From my eyes
Highly commended haiku  

Donel - The Seasons of Japan Haiku

Lily - The Seasons of Japan Haiku

 Donel - The Seasons of Japan HaikuDonel - The Seasons of Japan Haiku  Lily - The Seasons of Japan HaikuLily - The Seasons of Japan Haiku
Owen - The Seasons of Japan Haiku  
 Owen - The Seasons of Japan HaikuOwen - The Seasons of Japan Haiku