We’re excited to announce this year’s winners of the RSPB’s Wildverse poetry competition for young people, in association with Fun Kids radio.
The annual competition invited children and young people aged up to 19 to get creative and write a ‘wild’ poem about a bug, bird or animal or special place.
The over 13’s had the option to enter a Twitter competition and tweet their entries.
This year’s judge, children’s author Gill Lewis, was very impressed with the high standard of entries and ‘collection of wonderful poems’.
The overall winner from the under 8’s category was Jordi , aged 6, with his poem ‘Blackberry’. Gill says of Jordi’s poem: ‘Jordi’s poem fills me with the magic of black-berrying in Autumn. I can almost see and touch the thorns and nettles while looking for ripe blackberries in the brambles. I especially loved the term, “Buzzing with brambling fever”. Jordi has perfectly captured a small moment in time along Autumn hedgerows.’
Charlotte, aged 11, was the winner of the 8’s and over category with a poem entitled ‘Snorkelling with seals in the Isles of Scilly’. Gill says of Charlotte’s entry: ‘Charlotte’s poem has it all. It has wonderful imagery of the underwater world and the meeting with the seal pup. We can see the “tangled forest of seaweed”, hear the “kittiwakes screeching their insults” and feel the icy waters. Charlotte has managed to capture and share her wonder of the natural world.'
Winner of the all new Twitter category was Mairenn Collins, aged 15, with ‘Melon Udrigle’. Gill commented: ‘This is an incredibly beautiful poem full of powerful imagery and sense of place; “above rock-pools’ yawning salt-chapped lips.” I felt this conveyed a picture of a wild seascape, painted with words and given character by ascribing details of the landscape to physical features: “seaweed hair”, “collarbone shoreline” and “bruised knuckle rocks.’ Mairren received a Pure Jongo S3 wireless speaker.
Winners of the under and over 8’s categories both received a Pure Sensia 200D Connect internet radio and the runners-up received a Pure One Flow internet radio.
To hear the winning poems, tune in to Fun Kids Radio (online or through DAB digital radio in London and the South East) between 21st and 22nd December, or check out the winning pieces on Pure Connect.
The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.