The National Schools Poetry Competition



31st October 2017

Additional information:

The inaugural ‘National Schools Poetry Competition’ is designed to unlock the potential of young people and to encourage them to express their emotions through writing poetry about peace.

The winners’ poems will be turned into songs by international award-winning singer-songwriter Tally Koren and will be premiered on 20 November 2017 at The House of Lords at a special event for Peace and Reconciliation hosted by Lord Eames to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.

The competition will be judged by well-known personalities in the arts, including Katie Melua, Don Black, writer of the James Bond theme, Tim Heath, chairman of The Blake Society, and Tally Koren, whose awards include Fringe Award winner for best singer songwriter 2011.

Tally’s inspiration to create the competition came when she received a poem, “Magical Powers”, by a 13 year old girl; she was moved to tears and turned the poem into song. She explains:

‘I believe that every child has a hidden poem inside. The purity and innocence of emotions is a way to touch and change the hearts of people to create a better future. I want to encourage young people to use their imagination and creativity and emotion to inspire all of us, and I hope to find the new “Imagine” by John Lennon.’

The competition is open to children and young people in three age ranges: 7-12, 12-15, 16-18.

Submissions should be made via the website

Closing date is 31 October 2017.

NSPC4Peace is supported by Three Faiths Forum, a charity that works with thousands of people every year to build good relations between people of all faith and beliefs.

To View “Magical Powers”, the poem that inspired the competition and turned into a song, click on the photo:

To listen to Lord Eames speak about the competition,
click on the link:


The winners of each category will be invited to a prestigious Westminster charity event on 20 November 2017 on National Children’s Day. In addition:

1. First prize (each category) – Tally Koren will compose a melody for the winning poem in each category and will include the song on her forthcoming album.

2. Second prize (each category) – an invitation to Tally’s performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 7 November 2017.

3. Third prize (each category) – a signed copy of Tally’s new album.

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