‘Eight Line Rhyme’ competition selects first Emirati in its judging panel along with Stephen Fear and others
Christina Gabbitas’ created the Felicity Fly series of books, which are written in rhyme to help dyslexic readers to learn about the world. The Eight Line Rhyme poetry competition has become a popular UK initiative, encouraging school aged children to write and gaining the support of UK’s Education Minister, Michael Gove. “I visit many schools throughout England, staging poetry workshops and encouraging reading through storytelling. I love encouraging children of all abilities to get involved and I’m looking forward to working with children in the UAE and reading their work,” she added.
This year’s poetry competition will see participation for the first time from the UAE, with Hind Lenaid joining a prestigious line –up of literally figures invited to judge submissions. Dr. Stephen Fear, an Ambassador of the British Library, Claire Young, the Apprentice Finalist and Tatiana Wilson, founder of the People’s Book Prize are among those on the judging panel. Entries will be evaluated for imagination, expression and interpretation of the topics. Each of the judges will receive approximately twenty poems to judge.
Hind said, “I am honoured to be invited to be part of the judging panel for this worthwhile children’s competition. The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival is one of the largest reading festivals in the world which aims to encourage children to pick up books. It is a testament to the value of the Sharjah festival and the hard work of our team that we are able to attract interest from leading figures in children’s book and to participate in such a high profile international initiative. I am sure the entries will be of a very high standard and that local children will gain valuable experience by participating in the competition.”
Hind added that rhyme is helpful education tool, enabling children to become better readers, and helping to improve memory and listening skills. “Poetry and rhyming skills enable children to grasp language in new and refreshing ways, and gives them access to a world of expression that’s fun to create and share. We hope many pupils in Sharjah will sign up to enter,” she said.
Every entrant to the competition will receive a bookmark as a thank you for entering and a number of rhymes will be chosen and showcased in a special Eight Line Rhyme Book which will be available to buy from the author’s website. For details on how to enter the competition go to:http://www.poemsandpictures.co.uk/competition/