James Cutler in Year 7 wins National Haiku Competition

Posted on: 24/06/2013


James Cutler, aged 11 from Great Torrington School has won first prize in a National Haiku Competition. The haiku is an expressive poetic form from Japan with 5, 7 & 5 syllables. His English teacher Gill Clayton encouraged many students to feel inspired by the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards, favourite books, authors, illustrators, or what books and reading mean to them.

The prizes that James won included an invitation to the ceremony at the Natural History Museum hosted by journalist and broadcaster Sophie Haworth, a Kindle Fire, all sixteen of the shortlisted books and £500 for GTS School Library. At the ceremony James met the winning authors of both prestigious book awards, Sally Gardner – winner of the Carnegie medal with ‘Maggot Moon’, and Levi Pinfold – winner of the Kate Greenaway medal for illustration with ‘Black Dog.’

“I felt nervous and proud when they put my haiku up on the screen,” said James. “Lots of people came up to congratulate me. I had never been to London before so it was great to see the sights. My class are going to help choose new books for the library.”

In my possession

I have a word soup, jumbled

Into little grains

Ruth Ward from GTS library said, “Shadowing the Carnegie and Greenaway awards each year give us a brilliant opportunity to focus on the best writing and illustration. This year we took part in events at Rosemoor Gardens and Pathfield School.
James impressed the judges with what he wrote; a worthy winner with a very insightful haiku. Congratulations James!”


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