19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Schools Poetry Competition - The Winning Writers

Writers aged from 8-18 were celebrated in Award Ceremony


On Friday 7 October, Canterbury Festival headed to Colyer-Fergusson Hall to celebrate the winners of this year’s Schools’ Poetry Competition. An event kindly sponsored by the School of English and Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Kent.


The Schools’ Poetry Competition, which was also supported by the Beerling Foundation & Whitefriars, closed earlier in the summer, with a huge total of 519 entries from 13 schools across Kent.  Local poets Gemma Jackson and James Cavalier chose winners from four age categories, presenting awards on the evening for Gold, Silver, Bronze and Highly Commended. 16 young winners attended the event, reading their poems from the newly published Schools’ anthology.  Picture This was the theme for this year’s competition, with winners taking inspiration from everything from Humpback Whales to Dinosaurs and New York City to Whitstable sunsets. 


As well as presenting of awards and readings from finalists, there were performances from professional poets Gemma Jackson and James Cavalier. The Schools anthologies were launched, and are now available to purchase from the Festival office for £3. 


Exceprts from some of the winning poems were on display in Whitefriars over the duration of the Festival. 


If you would like to get involved in the 2017 competition click here. 

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