Young people urged to put pen to paper in Poetry Competition

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Young people from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to put pen to paper in an exciting poetry competition.

The competition is being organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service and the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Young Poet Laurate, 16-year-old Isobel Horsley.

Isabel Horsley

Teenagers need to write their own original poem and take a photograph to go with it with the chance to win a Polaroid Snap instant print camera. The competition is open to young people aged 13 to 18 and closes on 11 February.

The Young Poet Laurate scheme and competition hopes to promote a love of poetry and showcase the creative writing skills of children across the area.

Gill Heath and Esme Hookway

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member responsible for Staffordshire County Council’s library Service said: “Isobel is our fourth young poet laureate now which is proving year on year to be a hugely popular scheme to get more young people into poetry.

“The competition was Isobel’s own idea and she now wants to show people how much fun writing and reading poetry can be. I would encourage anyone with an interest in writing to have a go, take a photo to go with the poem and enter the competition.  You never know, you could discover a real hidden talent, you could win a prize, or simply see how much fun writing poetry can be.”

Isobel, currently a pupil at King Edwards School in Lichfield, said: “I’m thrilled to be the Young Poet Laurate because I can now share my love for poetry with other young people my age and perhaps convince them it’s not as boring as they think it might be.

“I like writing about things I see or I think are interesting and as part of the competition, having a nice photo to go with the poem helps bring it to life.  I’d definitely encourage people to have a go.  In my year as poet laureate I want to try and organise lots of cool activities, events and  competitions and see if we can get more people enthused about poetry.”

People can find out more about Staffordshire’s Library Service and the Young Poet Laurate at  Youngsters should email their poems and photos to [email protected]

Pictured above Isabel Horsley and Gill Heath with Esme Hookway.