18 January 2022 Share
Manchester Metropolitan University and The Manchester Poetry Library have launched a multilingual poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity and the many languages spoken in schools in the UK.Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national Laureate Education Project, led by Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE (UK Poet Laureate 2009-2019).
There are two separate parts to the poetry competition, and children from Year 4 to Year 13 can enter one or both parts. The Mother Tongue part of the competition requires children who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their Mother Tongue. They then write a short piece in English to explain the poem’s significance to them.
The Other Tongue part of the competition encourages children learning another language in school to use that language creatively to write a poem.
Regional competitions and events take place throughout the year.
The project was originally devised by staff in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University and Routes into Languages North West and has been running since 2012.
To find out more, including details of how to enter by location, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/mothertongueothertongue