Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymers Winners Announced

Published Fri 2 Dec 2016 - By Literature Wales
Thousands of primary school children from across the UK entered their most repulsant rhymes to the Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymers competition this autumn. Wales is famous for being a land of poetry and song, so it was only fitting that we should celebrate 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl in Cardiff, by calling for English and Welsh-language entries to the competition.

The filthsome chiddlers of Wales didn’t disappoint and responded with their most disgusterous and rotsome rhymes! The four Welsh-language winners were selected by Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate), Anni Llŷn; while the ten English-language winners were chosen by children’s author, songwriter and McFly frontman, Tom Fletcher.

Here are the whoppsy-wiffling winners:


Welsh-language winner:

Elin Rhagnell, 8


Welsh-language runners-up:

Cadi Haf Ennis-Mason, 10

Jac Rees, 10

Nansi Glyn Williams, 9


English-language winner:

Harry Robinson, 9


English-language runners-up:

Keeley Blythe, 10

Charlie Mogg, 8

Lily Aliski, 10

Daniel Halliday, 8

Elliot Martin, 8

Elaina, 9

Gabriel Schofield, 7

Jazmin Vince, 9

Eleanor Grattoni-May, 8


The runners-up will be announced next week, so keep checking here to see if you’re one of our revolting winners!

All of the winning rhymes will be published in a bilingual Revolting Rhymers eBook, which will be available from early 2017.

The overall winners will also receive an ipad mini, and a one-year family pass to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden. Winner of the Welsh-language category, Elin Rhagnell also wins two copies of the new Cerddi Ffiaidd (Welsh translation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes), and two complete sets of the new paperback Welsh editions of Roald Dahl’s children’s titles published by Rily, one for Elin and the other for her school.

Bardd Plant Cymru, Anni Llŷn, said: ‘It’s not often that children get the opportunity to write revolting things and this competition was a fantastic opportunity for them to write something unusual and truly disgusting! There were funny, crazy and totally wacky rhymes that meant my job was a very entertaining one!!’

Watch Tom Fletcher and Anni Llŷn reading the two winning entries here.

Tune into BBC ONE at 6.30 pm on Boxing Day and the day after, to watch the fantastic new two-part animation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymers was organised by the Roald Dahl Literary Estate in partnership with Literature Wales, National Literacy Trust, Penguin Random House Children’s, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Sainsbury’s, and Magic Light Pictures.

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The competition formed part of a year-long celebration of Roald Dahl 100 in Wales. For more information, visit:

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