The annual competition invited children and young people aged up to 19, to get creative and submit poems of any length on any aspect of nature and wildlife.
Head judge Julia Donaldson selected the winning entries which will be recorded by pupils of Burgoyne Middle School, Potton in Bedfordshire and broadcast on Fun Kids Radio between 21st and 24th December.
The overall winner from the under-8’s category was Nyle Evans, aged 7, from Shropshire with his poem “Swift”. Julia gives the following reasons for picking Nyle’s poem: “I chose this poem as the winner because, although simple, it was so successful in linking the description of the migrating swift to the emotions of the girl and her family. The poem was well shaped, with three verses in the same rhyme scheme, and had a real sense of direction. In particular I thought the ending was strong: ‘I can’t wait till you’re back’.”
Imogen Cassels, 16, from Sheffield was selected as the winner of the eights and over category with her “Crow’s Sonnet”. Julia says of Imogen’s entry: “An ambitious and successful sonnet about the love of one crow for another. The poet captures the clumsiness and comic characteristics of the birds as well as their beauty. There was some wonderful descriptive language in this poem ‘oily jewel’ and ‘ragged croaking’, which really brought the birds to life.”
Both overall winners will receive a Pure Sensia 200D Connect music streaming and radio system so they can listen to their poems on Fun Kids.
The runners up in the under eights category include “What’s in the wood” by Kit Sunderland and “Toad” by Hetty Life. In the over eights category, the runners up include “Evolution” by Oliver Knight, “The Food Chain” by Iona Henderson, “Autumn Owl” by Billy Life and “Nature Box” by Rebecca Elsworth. All runners up will receive a Pure One Flow portable music streaming and radio system.
To listen to the winning poems, please listen to Fun Kids Radio (online or through DAB Digital Radio in London and the South East) between the 21st and 24th December. See www.funkidslive.com
The audio files are also available to listen to on Pure Connect – Pure Connect is our online gateway to a world of live radio, on-demand content (podcasts, listen again programmes and ambient sounds) See http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/content/podcast/6565368-wildverse-poetry-competition-2012
The RSPB is urging families to connect with nature. Find out more at www.rspb.org.uk/getoutdoors