PRESS RELEASE: National Multilingual Poetry Competition Results 2014

Young Welsh poets show their linguistic talents in the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competition

In March 2014 we launched our multilingual poetry competition, Mother Tongue Other Tongue, in partnership with Cardiff University, Cardiff Library, Wyas Of Sieeng and Oxford University Press, to celebrate the linguistic diversity and talent amongst young people in Wales. It’s a competition which gives young people across the country the opportunity to celebrate their home languages and also to get creative in the languages that they are learning at school.

Open to young people aged 9 to 18, the competition ran in two parts. Mother Tongue allowed entrants to write or perform an original creative piece in their Mother Tongue and the Other Tongue allowed entrants to get creative with a language being learned at school (French German, Spanish or Italian).

The standard was incredibly high and judges had great difficulty in choosing the best poems. The winners of the competition are as follows:

Mother Tongue (Year 5-6): Guilhem Dewi Lloyd – Ysgol y Dderwen
Other Tongue (Year 5-6): Elinor Edwards – Ysgol y Berllan Deg
Other Tongue (Year 7-9): Emyr Davies – Llandrindod High School

The winning poems, along with some other exceptional entries, will have their work published in a small book. This is due to be launched on 26 September at Cardiff Central Library, in partnership with Europe Direct and the European Commission Office in Wales, where there will also be a prize giving ceremony. Prizes for winners will be provided by the Oxford University Press.


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Notes for editors:

Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2014 is a UK Laureate Education Project.

The Routes into Languages programme was developed by three organisations working in partnership: the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), the HE Academy Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) and CILT, the National Centre for Languages. The Routes into Languages programme is coordinated by a team at the University of Southampton, directed by Professor Michael Kelly.

Routes into Languages Cymru is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC).

Led by CILT Cymru in partnership with 9 universities across Wales, the specific aim of the Routes into Languages Cymru project is to increase the take up of languages from school to university. It encourages young people to have a positive attitude towards their language learning and promotes languages as an essential skill.

CILT Cymru is funded by the Welsh Government and is managed by WJEC.