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Flora Wins ‘Search for the Poet’ Competition

English Sixth


Congratulations to Flora Barber, Year 12, who has won her age category (13 – 17 years) in the BBC Hereford & Worcester Poetry Writing Competition and has been rewarded with a £100 book token.

Flora and the Head of English, Mr Bill Morris, were interviewed by BBC Hereford and Worcester on the morning of 21 March and Flora was able to read her poem ‘Home’ on air.  This poem was inspired by Flora’s experiences of suffering with asthma and explores the feelings induced by her asthma attacks.  She explains "To be told that this collection of words that mean so much to you have resonated with so many people is incredibly empowering, especially when you've barely written a poem in your life, let alone having entered one into a competition. I can't believe that what started out as a question from a friend and a suggestion about entering the competition would amount to this! Thank you so much to BBC Hereford and Worcester and the judges for this opportunity, and to the school, my family and friends for all of your support."

The charity Asthma UK have been very impressed with Flora's writing and have interviewed her for their website: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/your-stories/you-dont-need-to-let-asthma-take-control-of-your-life/

Flora is keen to pursue her love of English at University and is very excited to have won a coveted place on an English Taster Day at Newnham College, Cambridge.

‘Home’ by Flora Barber

 



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