Following success earlier this year in the Live Canon Children’s Poetry Competition, budding young writers from Saint Gregory’s received the news this week that they have, once again, had their written work praised, this time by judges in this year’s highly esteemed Betjeman Poetry Prize.

Poems by students, Bonnie and Eevie and Kieran, are among the final 50 poets, out of over 2,500, to be featured in the 2018 anthology to be launched on National Poetry Day.

Throughout last year, students were engaged in a range of individual and small group workshops, working alongside Writer in Residence, Josephine Corcoran, to explore the world of poetry and creative writing, using a variety of topics and themes to inspire and enliven their work and supporting students to develop a greater understanding and love of the written word.

The Betjeman Poetry Prize invites entrants aged 10-13 from across the UK who must write on the theme of ‘place’. This year, the students’ work was judged by Jackie Kay and Zaffar Kunial.

We are so proud of them and their success in this highly acclaimed national competition – well done!