The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Run by Creative Lives, the Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.


Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will receive an award, framed certificate, cash prize and free access to all of Creative Lives’ future ‘Creative Learning’ online training sessions. Previous applicants have also found that being shortlisted for, or winning, a Creative Lives Awards has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile.

Here’s what one previous winner had to say: 

It was wonderful to feel that recognition and it really did spread the word about us, almost overnight. It really gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

The Roaming Poets

Based in Staffordshire, the Roaming Poets are a group of writers who take to the streets to share their passion for poetry.

Their project ‘Telepoetry’ was a response to the excessive screen time and digital divides of the first lockdown, sharing poetry using telephones rather than laptops and iPads. 

The project involved creating short ‘text’ poems (160 characters) and then on ‘Telepoem Thursday’ (in May 2020), people were encouraged to share their own poem or favourite poem with someone via phone or text. The Telepoetry phone line could be called to hear pre-recorded poems, record your own poem or speak to a poet live. All run voluntarily by nine roaming poets.

"Through the Telepoetry project, we aimed to create an accessible, auditory poetry experience between strangers, family or friends." Gabriella Gay, Roaming Poets

Learn more about the Roaming Poets


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