Bath schoolchildren first in national poetry contest
A group of schoolchildren from Bath have won first prize in a national competition after compiling an anthology of poetry.
The students from Monkton Combe School took part in Anthologise, an initiative spearheaded by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
It challenged the youngsters to put together a selection of poems based on a particular theme and the Monkton pupils decided to focus on nature and the environment, entitling their work The Poetry of the Earth is Never Dead.
Some of the poets included were John Keats, Jo Shapcott, Seamus Heaney and Benjamin Zephaniah.
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Head teacher Richard Backhouse congratulated the eight pupils, from Years nine to 14, on their success.
He said: "I am thrilled by the result, which is so typical of Monkton: inspired by teachers, the pupils have done more than they thought possible."
Ms Duffy, who will now visit Monkton next spring, added: "The Poetry of Earth is Never Dead is as assured and accomplished as any anthology currently on the bookshelves."
The anthology will be published by Picador next year.