Congratulations to Carol Chen in Middle Schoolrooms who has come third in a national poetry competition aimed at raising awareness of hunger in the UK. Casia Wiliam, Welsh Children’s Laureate and one of the judges, felt her poem was “Very powerful. It gives a strong child perspective on hunger, and captures the inequality of poverty in such a clear and simple way”.

She sits before an empty table, her eyes empty and sad
Will the food ever arrive? She’s waiting for her Dad.
In the room next door a young girl cries.
‘I don’t want my greens!’ ‘I just want to eat fries’
She doesn’t have the energy to give her Dad a hug,
He returned empty-handed, doesn’t even have a mug
‘Drink your hot chocolate! Don’t spill it on the floor!’
It’s hard to believe that they just live next door.

Carol Chen

Carol’s poem is also on The Poetry Society website – look for the title #EndHungerUK at

Furthermore the judges commented on how impressed they were not only Carol’s entry but by Bootham school’s entries in particular. Well done to all those in WAG who took part. You can read all the winning poems on the sidebar of this page:

Together we can end hunger in the UK but only if we keep working hard to insist the government make the changes necessary to root out the causes of hunger.