Eurostar, the international high-speed passenger train operator which links the UK with the continent, is proud to support the Betjeman Poetry Prize. It is fitting that Betjeman’s passion for poetry and the railways is inspiring new generations of children. St Pancras International has been our new central London home since 14 November 2007 and we have carried many millions of international travellers since that historic day. Many visit the iconic Betjeman statue and are interested to discover more about how this visionary man saved the station from complete destruction.

High Speed 1 is delighted to host the Betjeman Poetry Prize awards ceremony in St Pancras International. Betjeman played a pivotal role in saving St Pancras from demolition in the 1960s. In his honour a bronze statue of Betjeman by Martin Jennings was commissioned for the newly renovated station. It is fitting that the event takes place next to this much admired statue and homage to Betjeman and we look forward to celebrating the competition at St Pancras International.

Chaired by Lord Rothschild, The Rothschild Foundation supports Waddesdon Manor – the second most visited National Trust property in the country – and gives grants to a variety of charitable initiatives, as well as artistic and cultural institutions across the UK.


The CLPE is an independent UK charity with a global reputation for the quality of their research into literacy and teaching. Their work promotes high standards in the teaching of literacy. CLPE particularly emphasises the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, with all the benefits this brings.

National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical. It is co-ordinated by the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates poetry and promotes it as part of everyday life. Click here to find out more.

The Forward Arts Foundation is a charity committed to widening poetry’s audience, honouring achievement and supporting talent through National Poetry Day, the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the Forward Book of Poetry, an indispensable annual anthology of the year’s best poems.

Scoop is a monthly magazine aimed at 8-12 year olds founded and published by Clementine Macmillan-Scott, who was inspired by The Children’s Newspaper, a 1930s ground-breaking publication with a passion for enthusing children about the world without ever talking down to them.

F4YP services offer a varied programme of activities for ages 5-16 years throughout the academic year, both after school and during school holidays. They work alongside families and schools to make sure young people develop greater self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience, improved communication, social and problem solving skills, as well as helping to address further issues such as bullying, isolation and emotional wellbeing.

Radio Gorgeous was created by Josephine Pembroke to give women a much needed platform to talk. Radio Gorgeous was launched in October 2011 on a kitchen table by two women. It now has over ten part time staff creating podcasts for women by women.

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