NACE 2015 poetry competition

NACECongratulations to Eppie Andrews from Bute House Preparatory School for Girls and Kyle Huish from Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, winners of the NACE 2015 Poetry Competition.

The Poetry Competition is an annual event sponsored by the National Association for Able Children in Education and is open to all schools. The 2015 competition took “Summer” as its theme and pupils across the country sharpened their pencils, mulled over metaphors and wrestled with rhyme to capture what summer meant to them.

NACE sunscreanFor many of the young poets, summer meant freedom and holidays – whether by the sea, or coping with camping. For others, it was the sensations of summer that proved their inspiration – the heat of the sun, the sound of insects, and the colours of the flowers. For most, summer is clearly associated with good times, but that wasn’t the case for all. And for some of the poets, their own experiences of summer acted as a trigger to reflect on summers gone by or what summer might mean to people in other countries.

Best-selling author Adele Geras was set the difficult task of choosing the overall winners from an impressive range of shortlisted entries.

“ …I really feel that any of these shortlisted poems would be a worthy winner. But when it comes right down to it, you can only apply one standard on these occasions and choose poems that speak to you. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but the ones I have picked have

  1. Stayed in my mind
  2. Made me smile or cry… in other words: stirred some emotion or
  3. Used language and form to great effect which is something I admire very much.”

NACE comp 2015
You can read all the winning and highly commended entries from this year’s competition here in our specially produced ebook. We hope you enjoy the poems as much as we did. Details of the 2016 competition will go live on the NACE website in the autumn. (


Many thanks



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