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Writing tutor Andrew Weale wins The Caterpillar Poetry Prize

Story added 17th Jun 2019

Andrew Weale - The Caterpillar Poetry Prize winner 2019


The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual award of €1000 for the best-unpublished poem written by an adult for children (aged 7-11).

This year’s judge, Brian Moses, chose Andrew Weale’s poem Wonder-pudderful.

Brian was looking for something ‘that stays in the mind, something that wriggles into the reader’s head and sets up home there for a while. I was also looking for that "I wish I’d written this poem" feeling.’

Before becoming a writer, Andrew’s dream was to be the next Pavarotti. He has performed under many of the great conductors, such as Sir Georg Solti and Simon Rattle. Then one evening, after a musical theatre performance, he felt an irresistible urge to put pen to paper and out came a piece of writing in perfect verse. Since then, Andrew has written mainly in verse for young children. His latest writing project is a collection of poems about punctuation: Functuation! Punctuation! The Caterpillar Poetry Prize has gone to one of those poems, ‘Wonder-pudderful’. The winning poem is published in the summer issue of The Caterpillar.

Spooky House, Andrew Weale

Andrew has been teaching writing courses at City Lit for nearly 5 years. You can still sign up to one of his upcoming courses: Picture book writing and Writing for children and Writing photo-fiction: telling stories with words and images.