Gruffalo author inspires new generation of natural poets

Children in the UK have a chance to enter the RSPB Wildverse poetry competition which was launched by Julia Donaldson, popular author of child books like The Gruffalo and others.

The competition is supported by Pure and Fun Kids Radio and children and teenagers under the age of 19 can participate in it. There is no length restriction for the poems, but they must be focused on any aspect of nature or wildlife.

Julia Donaldson, who was appointed as a head judge for this year’s competition, stated: “I’m glad that there are organizations out there that support such competitions. This is a great opportunity for children to express themselves and describe how they feel about the rain, sunshine and wind. I’m looking forward to reading the poems and finding out more about the amazing experiences of the competitors.”

Julia’s ten favourite poems will be read out on air on Fun Kids Radio between 21 and 24 December. The overall winner will receive a Pure Sensia radio system with colour touchscreen, and the runners up will receive a Pure One Flow radio so they can all listen to their poems being read out on Fun Kids.

Suzanne Welch, RSPB Head of Youth and Education, says; ‘The Wildverse competition has become a really popular annual event and it’s always a treat to read through each entry and become completely absorbed in nature the way children see it.

‘There are fewer opportunities today for children to experience nature, but it’s so vital that they do in order to feel the masses of benefits that being out in nature offers and to ensure they feel the need to look after the natural world in years to come.  We hope that this will be the perfect excuse for young people to get outdoors and have an amazing time in nature that they can capture on the page.’

The RSPB is urging families to connect with nature so that our children can go on to care for it as adults.  Families are finding out exactly how connected they are at www.rspb.org.uk/getoutdoors