Oxfordshire Schools Poetry Competition
Helen Kidd with the two first-prize winners, Ruby Ellis and Aska Matsunaga
Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre recently ran a poetry competition across all schools in Oxfordshire.
We were delighted to receive over 600 entries in total. The winning poems can be found here:
The winners and runners-up gathered for a prize-giving and poetry reading at Oxford Brookes on Friday 18 April.
First prize in the primary category was awarded to 10-year-old Ruby Ellis from Rye St Antony for her poem ‘Katie Kennet Moving’.
15-year-old Aska Matsunaga from Wychwood School received first prize in the secondary category for her poem ‘Connecting: 50p to spare her’. She said: “I was really surprised to win because I wasn’t expecting it at all. We were studying poems in class and it was really interesting so I decided to write more and more and more.”
Head judge, poet Helen Kidd, was impressed by the standard of entries. She said: “The most appealing poems were those that were full of life, energy, linguistic enthusiasm and general appreciation for the textures of language.”
The winners received cash prizes of £150 for 1st prize, £75 for 2nd, £30 for 3rd and £10 Blackwell’s book tokens for runner-ups. The two schools whose students won 1st prize were also awarded afternoon poetry workshops with Helen Kidd and fellow poet A F Harrold.