Two Hellesdon students have been honoured with the first and second prizes in the Young Norfolk Poetry Awards held at Dragon Hall on the 8th of July. Despite the strength of the field, with budding poets throughout the county competing, Ruby Pinner and Dominic Gilmour overcame all opposition to enjoy the top accolades.
Ruby’s poem, ‘A Surfboard Made of Stardust’ was the overall winner, praised for its sensitivity and delicacy of touch. As part of her prize she has been offered meetings with, and advice from, professional writers, so that she can “move her talent to the next level”.
Dom’s powerful ‘Black and Blue’ was judged the runner-up. This continues a remarkable run of success, as earlier in the year he was longlisted for the prestigious Tower Prize.
Both poems will be published in the HHS Summer Newsletter.
Jointly sponsored by the Young Norfolk Arts Festival and the Writers’ Centre, this was the first time such a competition has been held. The organizers were so pleased with the response that they are hoping to make it an annual event.