Nine talented students from Prenton High School are to become published poets after impressing the judges of a national competition.
The students were among 10,000 entrants in the Young Writers ‘Through Their Eyes’ competition, which challenged people between the ages of 11-18 to write a poem from someone or something else’s point of view.
Students could write from the perspective of anyone or anything and submissions could be rooted in truth or completely imaginary.
Prenton High School’s entries included the emotive ‘Elephants Never Forget’; a thought-provoking poem about the devastating effects of poaching and ‘Will They?’ which raises awareness about the impact of racial abuse. Other submissions included the ‘The Pills Are in It’; a powerful poem about the battles of addiction and ‘Thirty Women’ about the brutal murders committed by infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy.
Mr Devling, Teacher of English and Media at Prenton High School said: “I am so proud of the students who took part in this competition. They’ve produced some fantastically written poems and it’s great to know that they are going to be published for others to enjoy them.
“Students worked hard to explore different mind-sets and identify the key points they wanted to raise. The competition has been a fantastic opportunity for students to express themselves and highlight important issues through different poetic techniques.”
Award-winning writer and performer, Mark Grist, had the difficult job of selecting the best entries, which will feature in a collection of literary works titled ‘Through Their Eyes: Points of View’. Having already been selected for inclusion in the special anthology, students from Prenton High School are now in the running to win the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence and one of several cash prizes.
Pictured is Mr Devlin with some of the students who will have their poems published.