Putting their heart into poetry reading
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.