As yesterday was National Poetry Day, Librarian, Rebecca Wilson, took the opportunity to launch the Poetry by Heart contest at the College for a third year, in the hope that another talented HNC student will make it to the Nationals again- maybe even the Grand Final- or perhaps obtain the elusive National Championship title! We have a history of success with the Poetry by Heart competition, with Jennifer O’Sullivan and Saliha Khadim achieving West Yorkshire Champion status in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
To take part in this year's competition, HNC students must register at the Library, and then select two poems listed either on the Poetry by Heart website or from the printed collection from the Library. Those who enter the competition will be subject to some intense rounds within the College, and the winner of these internal heats will go on to represent the College in the national contest. The competition is not for the faint of heart though- students taking part must be able to memorise and recite the poems aloud, without script or prompt, in front of an audience!
The College heats are due to be held on Thursday 12th November, with 2015's Poetry by Heart West Yorkshire Champion, Saliha Khadim, Principal, Angela Williams, Head of English, Lorraine Globe, English Teacher, Jan Kikezos and of course, Librarian, Rebecca Wilson, on the judging panel.
Having been inspired by the students' performances over the years, the College's Librarian, Rebecca, decided to launch the competition with a reading of the poem ‘The Beautiful Librarians’ by Sean O’Brien, and you can view the video on our Facebook page.