Caterpillar Poetry Prize: a Wonder-pudderful win for Andrew Weale

Judge Brian Moses: ‘This poem has such potential. Children will love the idea behind it’

Andrew Weale’s picture books Spooky Spooky House and Dinosaur Doo have won awards, including the Red House Children’s Book Award in 2013

Andrew Weale’s picture books Spooky Spooky House and Dinosaur Doo have won awards, including the Red House Children’s Book Award in 2013

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize, an annual award of €1,000 for the best unpublished poem written by an adult for children (aged 7-11), was judged this year by one of Britain’s favourite poets, Brian Moses, whose poetry books and anthologies have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.

Brian was looking for something “that stays in the mind, something that wriggles into the reader’s head and sets up home there for a while. I was also looking for that ‘I wish I’d written this poem’ feeling.”

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