Australian Children’s Poetry blog site received word this week from Manchester where Australian children’s poet Kate O’Neil recently attended the 2014 Manchester Writing for Children Prize for which she was short-listed. Unfortunately Kate did not win first prize, but she did extremely well to represent Australia as there were more than 2,500 poems submitted in the international competition. Kate’s poem ‘Sondry Folk’ is one of 51 poems chosen to be included in a new collection, Let in the Stars, illustrated by students from MMU.

Here’s what leading UK poet, Carol Ann Duffy, had to say:

“This powerful collection of moving, clever and funny work sends an important message that poetry written for children must be taken seriously, must be cherished and must be made available. It is my hope that others will follow the example … seeking out, collecting and celebrating the best new poems in beautiful books like Let in the Stars, which can be picked up and loved by the next generation of readers and writers.”

Let In the StarsEmail mcbf@mmu.ac.uk to order your copies now!


5 thoughts on “

  1. Good to see children’s poetry getting this attention, and let’s hope others DO follow Carol Ann’s example. I’d love to see CA and Dianne B in a room together.

  2. Thanks to everyone for the support. I am delighted to have poems in this anthology and wish I could post samples of other poets to show how good the collection is. Copies available on the awards night were all sold, and when I tried to order copies from Australia I was told the entire print run had sold out and another is underway. Postage from Manchester online shop is steep so I hope there will be other suppliers eventually.
    Kate O’Neil.

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