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York School Girl Makes National Finals of Poetry Competition

Poetry Niahm Devlin

12:30pm 19th April 2013

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 until Saturday.

Niamh Devlin, 15, of The Mount School takes 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 Wilde 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.

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