Introducing Worcestershire's Third Young Poet Laureate
The winner of the Third Worcestershire's
Young Poet Laureate was announced at the competition's grand final
on Sunday, March 24.
Worcestershire County Council's search for
its latest Young Poet Laureate began in October 2012, involving
over 30 local young people catching the poetry bug and entering the
'Word Up' competition. 'Word Up' is open each year to young people
between the ages of 13 and 19 who are resident in, or attend
school, college, university or youth club in Worcestershire.
Tension had been prolonged when the event
had earlier had to be postponed. However, this was all forgotten
when Holly Perrett, aged 18, from Malvern, was crowned as the
County's Third Young Poet Laureate. Holly beat 14 other finalists
to win the prestigious title.
Holly performed her winning poems,
The Weight of the
Stars (PDF 259 KB) and The In-between (PDF 93
KB), to the live audience and panel of judges. The judging
panel comprised 3 council officers, Julie Andrews (Children's
Services), Ruth Foster (Libraries and Learning), and Steve Wilson
(County Arts Officer), plus professional poet Matt Windle.
Worcestershire County Council's Head of
Heritage, Arts and Music, Debbie Birch, presented Holly with her
"I was really impressed by the
range of styles and subject matter in the writing and by the energy
and authenticity in the performances. It's a privilege for the
Council to be able to provide a platform for such breadth and depth
of poetic talent in our young people and I look forward to seeing
Holly starting her year as Young Poet Laureate, inspiring others to
do the same."
As Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate,
Holly will now take on the responsibilities associated with the
role, including acting as a poetry champion to encourage and
inspire others to enjoy poems, writing poems to celebrate special
events in Worcestershire, and performing at literary events. One of
her first appointments will be to perform at an event celebrating
the announcement of the winner of this year's Worcestershire Teen
Book Award, which is due to take place at County Hall on Tuesday,
"It was great to take part and
especially to hear and read other young people's poems. Winning was
definitely a big confidence boost as I've never really shown other
people my poems before and it showed me that poetry doesn't have to
be solely a private or therapeutic tool - that sharing them with
others can be rewarding too. I would definitely encourage other
young people who write not to be afraid to share their work and to
enter events like this."
The two runners-up, who were both commended
for fine efforts with their poems, were Georgia Higgins, aged 14,
from Redditch, and Ryan Gallagher, aged 17, from Wolverley near
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