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Yesterday I went along to the BIC office to judge the 2016 Olympiad poetry competition.

BIC had partnered up with handwriting specialists Start Bee to give primary schools across the UK and Ireland the chance to win expert handwriting support for teachers and pupils with prizes worth over £9,000.

Melanie Harwood, the director of Start Bee, and I worked together to find the winning poem, which also had to have neat, legible handwriting.

Many primary schools had entered and we had a huge task sorting through the long-listed pile.  The theme was,  ‘What would a world be like without words? The poem could be no longer than eight lines.

Nearly all the poems I read had resorted to rhyme, which in most cases were quite contrived.  Hardly any children had attempted to write a poem in a different format.

There were very few free verse poems.

However, some poems took my breath away with their use of imagery, metaphor and simile and these made it into the final shortlisted pile. From that we found a winner. Results will be published on the BIC web site in a few weeks.

I really enjoyed reading all the entries. Congratulations to the winner and runners up!

( Pictured – me with Rebecca Huda of BIC)