Poems from modern Mancunian verse to Shakespeare’s sonnet graced the annual Poetry by Heart competition, with the quality of recital the best yet.
Students showed more than just memorising words, with passionate performances that entertained the judges and made decisions about the winners very difficult.
So many congratulations to our Year 7 winner Lia, who read brilliantly Nick Toczek’s The Dragon who ate our school. The runner up was Hanifa with an excellent telling of Michael Rosen’s I Opened a Book.
The Year 8 competition continued at the same high level of quality. In the end the winner was Mohammed, reciting Siegfried Sassoon’s WW1 poem Suicide in the Trenches, closely edging out Jacob’s reading of another Great War poem, Who’s for the Game by Jessie Pope. Well done again on the exceptional quality.
Once again we were delighted to welcome professional performance poet Dominic Berry who acted as compere throughout, performing some of his own poems for the competitors as well as to an appreciative audience during the lunch break.