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York Schoolgirl in finals of Poet Laureate's Nationwide Competition

Published Thursday 18th of April 2013 02:12:29 PM

A York schoolgirl who won the regional final of the Poetry-By-Heart competition which is spearheaded by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion will compete in the national finals in London�s National Portrait Gallery this Thursday to Saturday.

Niamh Devlin, 15, of The Mount School travels to London this Thursday to take part in the competition where she will recite a poem of 25 lines or fewer.

Niamh won the Yorkshire round reciting an extract from �The Ballad of Reading Goal� by Oscar Wilder and �Dusting the Phone� by Jackie Kay, saying �I like that both poems contain quite a lot of emotion, so from a performance point of view they are very interesting. I particularly liked Wilde�s poem which portrays the experience of being a first-timer in prison.� Seven schools from across North Yorkshire took part in the regional finals.

Poetry-By-Heart is open to students in Years 10-13 and encourages pupils to learn and recite poems by heart �as the outward and audible manifestation of an inwardly-understood and enjoyed poem� says Andrew Motion on the competition�s website.

For further details or to arrange an interview with Niamh, please contact Vanessa Charters at The Mount School on 07568067118.

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