Poetry by Heart 2016

Poetry contest promotes powerful performers

Poetry inspired students to perform, as The Radclyffe School held the finals of its 2016 Poetry by Heart competition.

With the help of poet Dominic Berry, students in Years 7 and 8 stood before a panel of judges to recite poems that they had either chosen or had written themselves.

In each contest, Dominic began by performing some of his own work, before answering students’ questions on everything from how he became a poet to who his favourite poets were.

Eleven students took part in the Year 7 contest, with Mizanur Rahman judged the winner, performing an extract from Homer’s Iliad. Second place was taken by Sumairaa Tasnim for her poem Coke.

The poets were judged on their voice, their understanding and the quality of their performance. The Year 8 students followed and Mubeen Rahim came out top, narrowly beating Isaac Jackson.

Dominic Berry is an award-winning poet, including the Manchester Literary Festival’s ‘Superheroes of Slam’ and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and on Channel 4 News.

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