Poetry Day Ireland & Fota Wildlife Park Poetry Trail Competition 2017

Budding young poets, how would you like to see your poem in print, or win a trip to the amazing Fota Wildlife Park for your school group? 

Poetry Ireland and Fota Wildlife Park are offering children aged 5-12 a chance to win a trip to Fota Wildlife Park for their entire class, on Poetry Day Ireland, 27 April 2017. Winning poems will also appear on a special poetry trail map, which visitors to Fota can enjoy from the start of the Easter Holidays until 27 April.

Great prizes 

See your poem in print! Four winning poems will be selected to appear alongside poems by famous poets on a special Poetry Trail Map of animal-themed poetry around Fota Wildlife Park. The trail map will be available to all visitors to Fota from 8 – 27 April 2017. The winning poet will win entry passes* for their class group to Fota Wildlife Park on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 27 April. The visit will also include an animal-themed poetry workshop. 

* for a class group of up to 34 students, plus  4 accompanying adults / teachers. Does not include transport. The competition is designed for schools. However, individual children are also welcome to submit poems with the consent of a parent/guardian. Entries from individual children are not eligible to win the trip for their class to Fota, but are eligible for selection for the trail map. 

How do I enter?

Entering the competition is easy. Just pick any species of animal, plant or tree that is under conservation at Fota Wildlife Park and write a poem about it! So whether you’re in awe of a macaw, mad about meerkats, or picky about penguins, we want you to write a poem about your favourite species. Competition entries will be judged in two categories: Junior Category for Junior Infants – 2nd Class, and Senior Category for 3rd Class – 6th Class.

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Top Tip!

Have a look at www.fotawildlife.ie to find out exactly what animals and plants are in the park. While everyone loves lions, giraffes, rhinos and monkeys, don’t forget that you can also take inspiration from some of the less well-known species like oryx, gibbons, mangabeys, tapirs and more.