Putting their heart into po­etry read­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

TAL­ENTED pupils from across Bucks com­peted in the fi­nal of a po­etry com­pe­ti­tion re­cently.

Pupils from Che­sham Gram­mar School, Bea­cons­field High School, Ayles­bury High School, Sir Henry Floyd Gram­mar School, Royal Gram­mar School High Wy­combe and Wy­combe Abbey School have been tak­ing part in the Po­etry by Heart com­pe­ti­tion de­signed to en­cour­age stu­dents in Eng­land to learn and to re­cite po­ems by heart.

Gill Clip­sham, read­ing devel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor for Buck­ing­hamshire Li­brary Ser­vice, in­vited the school fi­nal­ists to High Wy­combe Li­brary for the Buck­ing­hamshire County Fi­nals on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 28.

Six stu­dents re­cited two po­ems from the 200-plus avail­able in the on­line an­thol­ogy, plus one show­case poem from the First World War col­lec­tion, which sup­ports the com­pe­ti­tion at Back row, the judges Rachel Ayres, Martin Phillips, Mark Niel, pro­fes­sor Andy Kempe and Tim Shor­tis. Front row county fi­nal­ists El­iz­a­beth Paul, Mark Har­ri­son, Natalie Russo, Freya Mal­lard and Tsamaija ForsytheGid­harry po­et­ry­by­heart.org.uk

The win­ner was Che­sham Gram­mar School pupil Freya Mal­lard who re­cited Envy, by Ade­laide Anne Proc­ter, and God, a poem by James Fen­ton. Her show­case poem was Ducks, by F W Har­vey.

Freya will be in­vited to com­pete in a Win­ners’ Week­end at Homer­ton Col­lege, Cam­bridge from March 19 to 21, which will in­clude re­gional semi-fi­nals and a grand fi­nal. HEDGER­LEY: A his­to­rian will shed some light on the forgotten town of Colnbrook at the next his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety meet­ing on Wed­nes­day at 8pm. Colnbrook was once one of the busiest thor­ough­fares in the coun­try. Ju­lian Hunt will ex­plain more at the Hedger­ley Me­mo­rial Hall, Kiln Lane. For more call 01753 647 187 or email jdlove­lock@ bt­in­ter­net.com.

Pho­tos by Iona Rowan


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