Poetry Prize Winners Announced at Chiswick Book Festival

Daisy Goodwin encouraged the young poets to continue their writing

Daisy Goodwin presents prizes at the Chiswick Book Festival. Picture: Roger Green

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September 22, 2023

On Friday 8th September the Chiswick Book Festival once again held the prize-giving for the Young People's Poetry Competition 2023.

Thirteen years after it was originally set up the competition is still going strong stimulating creativity and writing skills in children and young people. The competition is open to all children in Years 3-7 from all areas. Prizes are awarded within each of the five year groups to ensure each age group is judged separately. Children are invited to write a poem at home, or at school, about whatever inspires them.

This year young poets entered from schools across the London area including: Ark Byron Primary Academy Acton, Chiswick & Bedford Park School, Dairy Meadow Primary School Southall, St Stephen’s Church of England Twickenham, Edge Grove Independent School Watford, Orchard House School Chiswick, Chiswick School, Southfield Primary School Chiswick, The Falcons School for Boys Chiswick, St Augustine's Priory Ealing, Eaton House The Manor School Clapham and Ravenscourt Preparatory School Chiswick .

The annual prize-giving, this year held at St Michael and All Angels Church, was as usual a buzzing event with a large audience of smiling prize winners and their families and teachers, all eager to hear about the winning poems and what made these poems shine out.

Judges were on hand on to greet the winners and congratulate them on their work. Judges Carol Douglas, Susi Stanley-Caroll, and Nicola Kelly chose some of the winning poems to read out and lead judge, poet James Priestman recited some fascinating poems he had created, ingeniously comprised from lines from each of the winning poems.

The judges praised the quality and diversity of the entries. Many topics were covered: from the hopes, fears and laughter experienced on “My first residential “, the story of “The Dog with a Martian Roar “or the thrilling reveals in “No Way Out”.
The event was rounded off wonderfully by writer Daisy Goodwin, who has compiled several poetry anthologies.

Daisy spoke about the joys of poetry in her life (including some very funny anecdotes as to the usefulness of poetry in matters of the heart) and encouraged the young poets to continue their writing. Daisy gave out the prizes and certificates to each winner. The competition is sponsored by Chiswickw4.com and all the winners received a special Chiswick Book Festival certificate from ChiswickW4.com and a goody bag of gorgeous books.

The winners, and commendations from all the year groups are listed below and the winning poems are being displayed in Waterstone's for a limited time only, on Chiswick High Road.

2023 Chiswick Book Festival Poetry Competition winners
2023 Chiswick Book Festival Poetry Competition winners

Year / Prize/ Winner


Year 3


Aian Currimjee

Sibling Escape


Laurie Johnson

Hamster Wheel


Blue Roberts

I Can Rhyme


Romy Scott

The Store full of magical things

Year 4


Layla Badat

My first ever residential


Sylvie Leyburn

Down at the Quay


Atlas Devrimoz

When I Grow Up 


Kiersten Galliers

Sandy Beaches

Riyan Mahamed

Escape War

Year 5


Xander Ong



Albie Frayling

Lest we Forget


Lara Wilson

The Dog with the Martian Roar


Alexandra Stefanova Doheva 


Lora Nedyalkova

Down Went the Bird

Madeleine Crane


Year 6


Martha Garistina

The Queen of the Night

Rehaan Sankar

Its Catching


Molly Young

Once Upon a Time


Hailey Kan

The Escape

Krish Kumar

Football 2


Hargun Brar

Football 1

Hunarpreet Brab

The invisible family

Sophie de Vise-Craig

Me, Myself and I 

Year 7


Lila Price

The Unseen

Pixie Pakenham

No Way Out


Sophia Bani

Escape (2) 7

Zoe Christie



Mayla Carbonell McBain

Escape, Wonder and Live


Chloe Hunt


Subhan Tanoli

Escape 6



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