Young poets have a write winning way with words
RIDDLES and rhymes did not muddle these children who will have poems published in a new anthology.
Youngsters from William Barcroft Junior School, in Barnett Place, Cleethorpes, entered into a national competition – Travel Back In Rhyme – in May.
Staff thought nothing more of it until the second week of the new term, when conformation came through that children had won space in not one but two anthologies to be published on Wednesday, December 5.
Out of the 170 poems which the school submitted to the competition, 138 have been chosen for publication.
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Nathaniel Teesdale, 9, was shocked to hear his poem will be one of those printed.
He was inspired by his love for animals when writing and mentioned his own pets at home.
The Year Five pupil, said: "I have a lot of pets, including cats, lots of fish and a rabbit.
"My auntie also has a dog, which I really like.
"I decided to write about them all in my poem, but I never thought it was going to be good enough to be published.
"I am very happy and can not wait to show everyone when the book comes out."
Other children decided to touch on their emotions, whether it be love, anger or happiness.
Ironically, Liberty Blow's poem about happiness brought her even more joy when she found out it would be published.
The eight-year-old, said: "My best friend makes me laugh all the time.
"I like listening to jokes, because they make me smile.
"My parents said they are very proud of me for doing so well in the competition."
Year Four pupil Antonia Davies, 8, chose to base her poem around love.
"There are lots of people and things I love, my family, my friends, my pets and all of these were in my poem.
"My auntie has already said she will buy the book and I will be able to keep it forever."
The anthologies will initially be available in libraries across the country, before going on sale in book stores.
Staff at the school are delighted with their students' success and believe it is a great step in improving their literacy skills.
Emma Emson, acting deputy headteacher, said: "This is recognition for our pupils' hard work through out last year.
"The competition came at a perfect time for us as some children had just finished learning about poetry in their lessons.
"I am looking forward to the anthologies being published as the children are all talking about it around the school."