‘Poems the Wind Blew In’ 1st Translated Poetry Title Shortlisted for CLPE Award

Organizers announced today, on National Poetry Day, that Poems the Wind Blew In — a collection written by Karmelo C. Iribarren and translated into English by Lawrence Schimel — had joined the five-book shortlist for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Poetry Award:

The CLPE is the UK’s only award for published children’s poetry, and this is the first time a translated collection has been shortlisted since the award began in 2003.

CLPE organizers write, in a prepared release, that, the “2020 shortlist reflects the extraordinary vitality of the UK’s poetry publishing for children. Birmingham based independent The Emma Press has two books on the five-strong shortlist, including a collection by the Spanish poet Karmelo C. Iribarren newly translated into English by Lawrence Schimel – the first appearance on the shortlist for a work in translation – and an illustrated collection of LGBT themed poetry based on retellings of Scottish folk tales.”

This year’s judges are: poets Valerie Bloom and Steven Camden;  Tracey Guiry, director of the Poetry Archive; and Charlotte Hacking, Central Learning Programmes Leader at CLPE.

The collection already had previously won a PEN Translates award, and a School Reading List review called it,” Fresh, clear, startling and spot-on.”

The full CLPE shortlist:

Midnight Feasts. Tasty Poems chosen by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Katy Riddell, Bloomsbury. The judges said: a delicious and quirky collection of poems old and new, skilfully curated and perfectly paced.

Poems the Wind Blew In, Karmelo C. Iribarren, illustrated by Riya Chowdhury, translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel, The Emma Press. The judges said: a book to carry around with you, proof that poetry is ideas, thoughts and emotions captured in words.

The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems, compiled by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Richard Jones, Walker Books. The judges said: a wonderfully varied collection of poems that will speak directly to young children, full of beautiful examples of the craft of poetry

Wain. LGBT Reimaginings of Scottish Folklore, Rachel Plummer, illustrated by Helene Boppert, The Emma Press. The judges said: a fresh voice and take on something that could have felt archaic but is made to feel new.

Cherry Moon, Zaro Weil, illustrated by Junli Song, ZaZaKids Books/ Troika Books. The judges said: meditative and nicely paced; Weil presents beautiful snapshots of the natural world and has thought carefully about the form for each.

Schimel notes that George Szirtes won the award in 2013 for his selected poems for children, In the Land of the Giants, which did include some translations, but was primarily his own work.

The winner is set to be announced at a live Poetry Show, 9 October, hosted by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.