The winners and runners-up gathered for a prize-giving and poetry reading at Oxford Brookes on Friday 18 April.
First prize in the primary category was awarded to 10-year-old Ruby Ellis from Rye St Antony for her poem Katie Kennet Moving.
15-year-old Aska Matsunaga from Wychwood School received first prize in the secondary category for her poem ‘Connecting: 50p to spare her’. She said: “I was really surprised to win because I wasn’t expecting it at all. We were studying poems in class and it was really interesting so I decided to write more and more and more.”
“The most appealing poems were those that were full of life, energy, linguistic enthusiasm and general appreciation for the textures of language.”
Helen Kidd, head judge
The winners received cash prizes of £150 for 1st prize, £75 for 2nd, £30 for 3rd and £10 Blackwell’s book tokens for runner-ups. The two schools whose students won 1st prize were also awarded afternoon poetry workshops with Helen Kidd and fellow poet A F Harrold.