Poetry competition success

One of our Year 11 students, Holly Duncan, was longlisted for one of the country’s most prestigious poetry competitions, the Tower Poetry competition, which is run by the University of Oxford. The competition receives 11,000 entries from almost 2,250 schools and this year students between 16-18 years of age were challenged to write a poem on the theme of ‘Stone’. Although Holly did not win a prize, the organisers wrote to us to pass on their praise, saying that she had done very well indeed. Her name, and CCW’s, are featured on the Tower Poetry website: http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/competitions/previous-competitions/2017-stone/

Holly’s poem


minute stone houses gathered as a cluster
towards the sea they looked.
outwards and onwards gazed out over the sea,
the harsh north wind blowing a gale against the community
as the spit of the rain charged towards them.
grainy, weathered rocks piled up in stacks.
a sign of burial and respect.
the huddle of folk chilled to the bone where the
memorial takes place.
one solitary soul stood along the edge of the cliff.
tiny pebbles crunched under foot,
under the layers of sediment,
under the layers of earth.
their heart as cold as the wind coming towards them,
their heart practically the stone in which their houses were built,
their heart as if it were the rocks in the stacks.

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