We had a fantastic virtual celebration today for our Kedleston Group Poetry Competition!
We have had amazing entries on a variety of topics over the last year such environment, equality, identity, mental health, covid-19 and International Woman’s Day. The judging process was incredibly difficult and took careful consideration and deliberation to choose between all of the high quality poems.
However the judges did reach their decision and were all in agreement, so without further ado.
Drum roll please, and the winners are...
Winning Poem – ‘I am me’ by Ray Wood, Brookways School London
First Runner Up – ‘Stay Quiet’ by Rosie Lewis, Arc School Ansley
Runner Up – ‘Brother’ by Sydney Morris, High Peak School
Runner Up – ‘Changing Around the World’ by Lily Marcucci at Olsen House
Young Poet – ‘Whales’ by Annabell Baddiley at High Peak School
Levi Tafari joined us on the day, who kindly read aloud a couple of his poems for everyone to enjoy about ‘identity’ and ‘the 5 senses’. Levi is a crucial, rhythmic, poetic, consciousness raiser and urban griot. Levi was born and raised in the city of Liverpool by his Jamaican parents. This gave Levi access to two cultures. In his teenage years, he became known for being a sharp, lyrical observer as he regularly verbalised on the many sound systems in and around his hometown. He passionately believes that poetry should not just stay on the page and that the tongue was the very first instrument.
Congratulations to everyone who entered, we were overwhelmed by how many remarkable entries we received. You have all done really well and we hope that you continue to enjoy writing and sharing poems.
Thank you to Alison and the rest of the school teams who have worked so hard to make this a wonderful success.
Stay tuned with us for some pictures from the celebration across the Group.