Poems entered for the competition must be relevant to either Peace or Reconciliation. In addition, each year we invite authors to consider a different theme. Although this is not obligatory it raises an issue that is topical. This year the COP26 international conference will be held in Glasgow in November and climate change is a major threat to peace and security, so this year the theme is Peace and Climate Change.

Poems might include ideas how global warming will change people’s lives, how I feel about climate change, why global warming is taking place, why it makes people leave their home and migrate, my carbon footprint, what I do to reduce climate change, what will happen if we don’t act now to stop climate change, who suffers most as a result of climate change and so on.

Below you will find some ideas that might help students generate ideas for poems and pictures.