Mother Tongue Other Tongue: Multilingual Poetry Competition for Kids (UK)

15 May 2012
Mother Tongue Other Tongue: Multilingual Poetry Competition for Kids (UK)
Deadline: 28 May 2012

(Note: Allowed languages in the 'Other Tongue' category are Spanish, French, German, Italian, Urdu, Mandarin or Arabic.)

Mother Tongue / Other Tongue is open to all mainstream and supplementary secondary schools in the North West and pupils can enter as individuals or groups of any size. It is, in effect, two separate competitions.

MOTHER TONGUE

Entries for this category will be in two parts:

The first part is the poem, song or lullaby. This can be an original, creative piece, written in any language at all (except English). It can also be a poem or song that is ‘remembered’ – i.e. something in your Mother Tongue that you recall, or that has been told to you by a relative.

The second part of the entry will be a short written explanation of the first part. This will be either a translation, or an account of why the entrant has chosen to share this piece i.e. why it is important to them or the person who told it to them. This part of the entry must be written in English but pupils can be helped to scribe or edit this by teachers, parents, carers or by friends. We welcome jointly-written entries.)

OTHER TONGUE

Entries for this category will be a single, original poem, written in a language that is being studied in school and is not the first language spoken by the entrant. This must be an original piece of work, giving pupils the opportunity to be creative with their Other Tongue. Allowed languages in this category are: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Urdu, Mandarin or Arabic.

PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY

The best entries will be illustrated and published. Posters of the winning pieces will be displayed at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival Family Fun Day on June 30th, 2012. There will also be a prize giving ceremony with Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, in the Capitol Theatre between 3 and 4pm with a special performance by the Huaxia Chinese School. This will form part of a wider celebration of other languages and cultures.

Download: entry cover sheet

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For inquiries: email youngprize@theportico.org.uk or call +44 (0)161 236 6785

Website: http://www2.hlss.mmu.ac.uk
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