Cllr Alistair Strathern and the young winners of our National Poetry Day Competition 2022 posing with their winner certificates and their prizes

Celebrating our National Poetry Day Competition 2022 winners

Published: 28 February 2023
Filed under: Families, young people and children

Last autumn, on National Poetry Day 2022, we launched our National Poetry Day Competition.

As part of our National Borough of Storytelling events, we invited all children and young people from Reception to Sixth Form or College to submit a written or typed poem of up to 150 words based on the theme of “The Environment”.

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted an entry. We received so many from across the borough, showcasing the wealth of talent among our young people.

On Saturday 25 February we gathered at Walthamstow Library to celebrate our young winners. We were joined by Cllr Alistair Strathern, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, who presented the winners with their prize and winner certificate.

Huge congratulations to the winners and thank you for participating in our National Poetry Day Competition 2022


  • Isla from Selwyn Primary Academy
  • Millie from Longshaw Primary Academy
  • Teddy and Khadija from Davies Lane Primary School


  • Humeriah from Connaught School for Girls
  • Elijah from Frederick Bremer School
  • Mishaal from Eden Girls’ School
National Poetry Day Competition 2022 - entry from Isla, aged 7 - from Selwyn Primary Academy

This is the entry from Isla, aged 7, from Selwyn Primary Academy. Isla couldn’t make it to the winners’ celebrations.

National Poetry Day 2023 takes place on Thursday 5 October. Stay tuned for more information about how we’ll be celebrating.