Birmingham Cathedral Children’s Poetry Festival

Let’s fill Cathedral Square with children’s poems and allow our young poets to shine! Use this topic as a theme for literacy-based learning in 2021/22.

Birmingham Cathedral and poet Casey Bailey want to inspire children and young people to create hundreds of poems that will be displayed in Cathedral Square and performed at a special event in the summer of the Commonwealth Festival, taking place in Birmingham in 2022.

Theme and Style:

Poems can reflect on any of the following themes

  • Commonwealth Games values of humanity – destiny – equality
  • The power of the human body
  • A sporting moment
  • The spirit of the games

We want to see all kinds of poetry. Children and young people may choose to write a limerick, a nonsense poem, a riddle, a narrative poem, a haiku or free verse.

Format of submissions:

Poems must be handwritten and completed on one side of A4. Please only write the name of the child and their age on the front of the poem. Please illustrate your poems. The brighter and colourful, the better!

Please also include a separate list of the pupils’ name, age and school. Or, if you are not responding on behalf of a school, please submit your name, age, email and postal address.


Poems need to be submitted by 30 May 2022 and can be sent in anytime within the school year FAO Jane McArdle Head of Learning, Birmingham Cathedral, Colmore Row B3 2BJ.


We intend to display all submitted poetry throughout the summer of the festival.

Entries will be judged and by an expert panel in four age categories displayed below.

  • Under 7s
  • 7-9 years
  • 9-11 years
  • 11-14 years

Selected poets will be invited to perform their poem at a special event and will receive a prize.


Listen to the work of two Birmingham poets who have already been inspired by the Games

Casey Bailey

Matt Windle