Following her success in St Augustine’s Poetry By Heart competition, Clover Kayne has won the county finals for Poetry by Heart. Clover came through against other talent from local schools including Hardenhuish, Hayesfield, Sheldon college and Monkton Combe.
The competition, which was judged by Melissa Blease, a local journalist, Philip Lyons, a poet and teacher, and Alice Maddicott, a children’s TV writer and poet, was hosted by ‘The Egg’ theatre in Bath, on the evening of 22nd February. The contestants and audience were also treated to live poetry readings from Young Poet Laureate winner Polly Denny, and live poetry performer Rebecca Tantony.
Alison Powell, the southwest coordinator for Poetry by Heart, said that Clover’s performances were exceptional: “She really embodied the poems, and spoke ‘Envy’ (by Adelaide Ann Proctor) as if she’d written it herself. This is a real achievement, particularly with a pre-1914 poem.” Clover also gave a captivating performance of ‘Dusting the Phone’ by Jackie Kay.
Clover will now go on to compete in the regional Poetry by Heart finals against other students from the south west in Homerton College, Cambridge, and – we hope – the national finals at the same destination, on Saturday 19th March.
Very well done!