Torbay Library poetry winners are announced
THIS year's Torbay Libraries Poetry Prize has proven even more successful than the first with no less than 267 entries.
The awards, launched last year by Torbay Libraries, were open to anyone living in Torbay or attending a Torbay school aged from 7 to 16 years.
Organisers say they have been amazed and delighted by both the number and the quality of the entries they received this year, with 73 submissions from 7 to 11-year-olds and 194 from the older age group of 12 to 16-year-olds.
The prize is supported each year by the Friends Groups of Torbay Libraries, who sponsor the prizes, and the Libraries' thriving Poetry for Pleasure groups who assist in the judging of entries. All of the poems were evaluated anonymously, with the judges describing the quality of the poems submitted as “extremely impressive”.
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The winning entrants will be celebrated at a special prize giving event on Saturday 27 October at the Livermead Hotel in Torquay, as part of the Torbay Festival of Poetry. The Festival is an annual cultural highlight that attracts some of the best poets from all over the UK, including, this year, no less than the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The winners will also be invited to read their poems to the audience.
The winners in the 7 to 11 age group are:
1st prize - The Pond by Joshua McMahon, age 10 2nd prize – Reading Rap by David Jessop, age 8 Runners up; Pride by Chloe Howgate, age 9 A summer like winter! by Lucy-Jayne Price, age 9 The Night Sky by Joseph Goodall, age 11
The winners in the 12 to 16 category are:
1st Prize: Birth of a new Daydream by Kayleigh McLeod, age 14 2nd Prize: The Cello by Sophie Hewes, age 13 Runners Up:
Twelve by Connie Thomas, age 14
The Ties that Bind by Dasha Ksanf, age 14
The Poetry Cups and prizes, totalling £200, have been generously donated by the Friends Groups of Torbay Libraries.
Councillor Dave Butt, Executive Lead for Culture and Arts, said: "This event has been a great way of showcasing some of our budding young poets. The standard was extremely high and all those who entered the competition should be very proud of themselves."