Youngsters pour their hearts into poetry

Crawley WORDFest’s first event of the year saw students from across Sussex reciting poetry.

Crawley Library played host to the county final of Poetry by Heart which called on 14-18 year olds to recite poetry while showing they understood its message.

Poetry By Heart

Poetry By Heart

Oriel High School student Daniel Crouch had the daunting task of reciting first and impressed the judges with his interpretation of You Are Old, Father William, by Lewis Carroll.

Daniel and the five other entrants recited three poems – one pre-1914, one post-1914 and a poem from World War One.

The winner was Kwabena ‘Kobbi’ Abi, of Christ’s Hospital School, and Georgina Liley, of Shoreham College, was runner-up.

Kobbi will go on to the Winners’ Weekend at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in March.

Organiser Jo Harrison said: “There’s something fantastic about poetry being spoken aloud which really adds to the meaning.

“The contestants really emphasised their personal understanding and really made them their own. It was a great event.”

WORDFest will launch on April 23 with a World Book Night at Crawley Library.