Deadline: 24 May 2017. Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national project, led by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, 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. For details of how the project will work in your area, please visit the website.