Flot­sam and Jet­sam wins na­tional prize

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.”

Photo: LISA SLOAN

Word per­fect: Manon Re­vuelta, 17, won best poem in the New Zealand Post na­tional secondary schools po­etry com­pe­ti­tion.

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