Flotsam and Jetsam wins national prize
Poet Manon Revuelta is usually reluctant to share her writing with others.
But the Epsom Girls Grammar student has no reason to be shy about her work.
She has won best poem in the New Zealand Post National School’s Poetry awards for her work Flotsam and Jetsam.
The competition was open to year 12 and 13 students and this year’s theme was Liberate Your Words.
Manon won $500 for herself and $500 for her school library, as well as a laptop, subscriptions to literary magazines and more.
The 17-year-old is thrilled with the result.
“It’s a pretty neat feeling to know we have these kinds of opportunities existing in New Zealand,” she says.
“It’s good encouragement because you’re never really sure if you actually have talent.”
Manon wrote her poem after looking through some old family photos and hearing stories and anecdotes about people she didn’t know.
She was presented with her award in a ceremony in Wellington last month.
Manon says she writes in many different forms but poetry is her favourite.
“I have been writing constantly ever since I knew how to write,” she says.
“I can’t quite put my finger on what I enjoy about it, it’s just a good feeling to see it there on the page and you know when you’re onto something good.”
Writing teacher Julie Kleinpaste says she is ecstatic to see Manon win the competition.
“She is such an acutely observant writer and there is so much heart in her writing,” she says.
“Her sophisticated language and ideas belie her age and I hope she takes this talent with her through her life.”
Word perfect: Manon Revuelta, 17, won best poem in the New Zealand Post national secondary schools poetry competition.