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From Acomb Explore to National Portrait Gallery


8:36am 15th April 2013

City of York Council’s Acomb Explore Library Learning Centre played host to the county finals of the national Poetry By Heart competition, whose winner from York will compete in the finals at the National Portrait Gallery.


Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “After the recent Poetry By Heart competitions held in schools and colleges across York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding, I was delighted to attend the county finals held at Acomb Explore on Saturday 6 April.


“The seven finalists – which included students from York’s All Saints RC School, The Mount and St Peter’s – recited their poems to the judges and audience in a very close competition, with the participants obviously enjoying the event. The judges, poet Craig Bradley, Professor Hugh Haughton from the University of York, and Anne Bond, Learning Tutor at City of York Council, decided that Niamh Devlin from The Mount School should be the winner.”


Niamh will compete in a grand final from 19 - 20 April 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The regional heats will be held on the Friday with all the county winners in each of the nine regions of England competing against each other for the title of Regional Champion, with prizes for each winner and runner up! The winner of each region, plus the highest scoring runner-up, will then progress to the grand final on the Saturday, to compete for the title of National Champion.


Left to right: City of York Council Learning Tutor and judge Anne Bond, Cllr Sonja Crisp who presented the prize of a poetry anthology at York Explore, poet and judge Craig Bradley, The Mount pupil Niamh Devlin and judge Professor Hugh Haughton.


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