Oxfordshire Schools Science Poetry Competition
Entries to the 2018 Oxfordshire Schools Science Poetry Competition have now closed. We received hundreds of inspiring and imaginative poems and the judges have chosen their winners.
The winning poems plus runners-up in all three age categories will be performed at a special Poetry of Science event at IF Oxford on Saturday 13 October 2018.
The winning entrant in each age category will receive a copy of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane (donated by publisher Hamish Hamilton)
From The Lost Words © Robert Macfarlane / Jackie Morris
The class of the winning entrants in the Key Stage 1 and 2 (primary) categories will receive a half-day science show or workshop delivered in-school by Science Oxford.
Who were the judges?
- Niall Munro is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, which runs events in and around Oxford for everyone interested in poetry, including writing workshops, poetry readings, and an international poetry competition. Niall teaches and writes about all kinds of poetry and literature, but his main area of expertise is American writing of the twentieth century.
- Kelley Swain was one of three poets-in-residence at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in 2016, with poems about the Museum anthologised in Guests of Time (Valley Press, 2016). She is known for writing about poetry and science, from her debut collection Darwin’s Microscope (Flambard Press, 2009), to her verse drama on anatomical wax models set in Renaissance Florence (Opera di Cera, Valley Press, 2014).
- Claire Hamnett is a physics teacher, Specialist Leader in Education and leader of the Oxfordshire Science Learning Partnership, the local branch of STEM Learning which works with primary and secondary teachers to achieve a world-leading Science education for young people.
Which schools took part?
Aston Rowant CE Primary
Ducklington CE Primary Primary
East Oxford Primary
Hailey CE Primary
Ladygrove Park Primary
Lewknor CE Primary
Orchard Fields Community School
St Andrews Primary
St Ebbes CE Primary
St Joseph’s Primary
The Ridgeway Primary
Didcot Girls School
King Alfred’s Academy
Magdalen College School
Oxford Spires Academy
St Helen and St Katharine
The Bicester School
The Cherwell School
Where can I get science poetry inspiration?
The 2017 competition winners can be found here: