Author Christina Gabbitas put this initiative together voluntarily to give her purpose in lockdown, as all her school visits and events were cancelled. She wanted to give children and teachers the opportunity to pen how they were feeling in lockdown, and to share this with others.
Christina called upon a number of individuals to act as judges, who she has met on her journey over the past few years, including the wonderful actress Jenny Agutter, musician Michael Bradley of The Undertones, and entrepreneur Dr Stephen Fear, who are all patrons for Children’s Literature Festivals charity (1182143 England & Wales). All proceeds from book sales are donated to the charity
A special mention to PC Stephen Croshaw of Warwickshire Police for all his support and ambassador for the charity also.
The overall judges winner of the initiative was Oliver Klumpler with his poem Lockdown Spell.
Alessia Centanni, Harriet Coates, Gill Parr, Mohammad Uddin, Jennifer Stewart, Harry Carter, Ruby Naik, Eliana Milner, Olivia Webb, Emilie Rowe, Lucia Jesson, Sam Gaynor, Harshini Ramalingam, Philip Amushan, Lottie Eatherington, Esther Alford, Lily Rose, Abdullah Shaker, Emma Donovan, Chloe Carter, Ros Kingcome, Chloe Bower, Nana Baffoe Osei-Sarkodie, William Kennedy, Elise Scotney, Flora Jacoby Richardson, Kaja Dowsett, Emily Dashwood, cassie Clarence, India Boorman, Yasmine Ollerenshaw, Tamisha Newell, Deekshita Bathula, Laila Emmett, Lauren Irons, Donna Craig, Ruby Hoath, Miami Mae Holness, Charlotte Eliza Gunning, Amira Collins, Violet Drabble, Abi England, Amber Zaman, Georgina Agate, Katie bantams, Sophie Baker, Cohan Burnham, Rachel Pugh, Jessica McAndrew Woods, Ayla Cheesman, Ania Mahi-Moutih, Olive Felstead, Gabriel Richardson, Nihal Bathula, Isabella Hickman, Scout Wyatt, Elaine Brandon, Zachary Symonds, Thea Markus, Josh Crabbe, Michael Bourton.
Actress and Patron for Children’s Literature Festivals, Jenny Agutter OBE
“A charming and touching collection of poems from lockdown, giving a glimpse of the fears, frustration and some of the fun to be had.”
“A brilliant collection of poems from brilliant people.” Michael Bradley, The Undertones