During the Coventry Peace Festival leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of the Second World War, Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation invited children aged 16 or younger who live or attend school in the city to submit a poem on the theme of peace and/or justice and/or reconciliation.
This was the first time that the Coventry Children’s Peace Poem Competition had been run, and the Committee were delighted that almost 140 children from nearly 20 different Coventry schools sent in their poems.
The judges Ann Evans, Craig Muir, Emilie Lauren Jones and Balbir Sohal were “amazed by the quality of the poems and the children’s knowledge about wars and history. We have some very talented and thoughtful young people in our city.”
It was very difficult for them to choose the best poem but finally they picked two winners:
- A class of seven-year-olds from Keresley Grange Academy
- Eleven-year-old Harry Lovelock from President Kennedy School
Follow the links to read their poems.
Philip Brown, Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation which organised this competition said “We had such a positive response to this competition that it will now become a regular feature of the annual Peace Festival.”
The Lord Mayor’s Committee would like to thank SACRE for their help in telling schools about this competition and making it such a success.
Book of Poems Available
All the poems submitted to the competition are available in an book which is produced in two versions:
- An ebook which can be found here.
- A paperback book which is available from our online shop where we offer discounts on purchases of 5 copies or more. It is also available on Amazon.