Poetry By Heart Competition

Talented students from Beacon Academy have been taking part in an inspiring competition designed to encourage students aged 14-18 to learn and to recite poems by heart.

Winner and runners up of the Beacon Academy Poetry by Heart 2016 Competition.   From left to right Molly Byford (Runner up), Caoive Kelsey (Winner) and Ana Luque Garcia (Runner up)

Winner and runners up of the Beacon Academy Poetry by Heart 2016 Competition. From left to right Molly Byford (Runner up), Caoive Kelsey (Winner) and Ana Luque Garcia (Runner up)

The winner was Caoive Kelsey who recited There is no God by Arthur Hugh Clough and Minority by Imtiaz Dharker.  The judges were tremendously impressed by Caoive’s outstanding performance, commenting that it was “tremendously powerful and moving – brought a lump to the throat.”

Caoive, supported by friends and family, will now go to the Sussex County Competition to be held at the Jubilee Library in Brighton on Saturday 6th February as part of their celebrations for National Libraries Day.

The competition was organised by Caroline Mortlock from Beacon’s English Department, and was held at Beacon on the evening of 6th January 2016.  The competition was judged by Ms Bursey (Head of English), Mr Harvey (Director of English at Cooper’s School Chislehurst) and Ms Robinson, Headteacher.

The students recited two poems from over 200 available in the online anthology which supports the competition.

The former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion is Co-Director of the Poetry Archive and plays a lead role in Poetry By Heart. He commented:

Poetry By Heart has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2013. Many thousands of students have not only learned great poems for life but they have also shared them with friends and families in the inspiring and moving performances that are at the heart of every competition. I am constantly surprised and delighted by the quality of the students’ achievements.

Winners of the country competitons go the Grand Final, to be held at Homerton College in Cambridge on 17th – 19th March 2016.  For more information about the competition see the website: www.poetrybyheart.org.uk.

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