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 Creative Lives Awards are open to any amateur group or project based in the UK and Ireland. They recognise the skill, innovation and hard work of the people involved and the benefits they bring to local communities.

Read all about our 2021 winners here.

Watch our short video to find out more about the Creative Lives Awards:


Each year our judging panels pick a winning group from England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus a Celebrating Diversity Award and a Local Hero Award. We open up voting to the public to choose the winner of the People's Choice Award - and all the shortlisted groups vote for each other in the Peer Award for Excellence.


Winners 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 considerably.

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 Awards have been running since 2010 - meet our previous winners here.

Nominations for the next Creative Lives Awards will open in spring 2022.

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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