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Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national poetry competition, led by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

This exciting competition is a Laureate Education Project for 2014 with regional events and competitions taking place throughout the year.

Mother Tongue encourages children, who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their Mother Tongue and to explain what it means to them.

Other Tongue encourages children learning another language to use that language creatively by writing a poem in that Other Tongue.

The competition was originally developed by the Faculty of Humanities, Language and Social Science at Manchester Metropolitan University and Routes into Languages North West and it is now co-ordinated by Routes into Languages North West.

More information about taking part in the competition in future years can be found at the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Website.


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