Short listed young poets are delighted

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Talented young writers have been reacting with excitement at being short listed for the Young Fenland Poet Laureate Award.

“I felt so excited when I heard that I’d been short listed,” said James Horsburgh, aged 13, from Wisbech said. “I really couldn’t believe it.”

James is one of three budding poets, aged from 10 to 16, whose poem on the subject of Fenland has been short listed by judges Karen Harvey of Atelier East, Elaine Ewart, the current Fenland Poet Laureate and David Wright, Curator of Wisbech Museum.

Kristina Tunnard, another short listed entrant, aged 11, from Middleton, said: “I never expected this. It is amazing.”

“It is so lovely to hear that these young people are so excited and happy to be involved in the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards, and its a really rewarding feeling for us to know we are doing something positive and special for them,” said Karen Harvey, founder of the Awards.

The competition, organised by Atelier East, is now in its second year, and the awards ceremony will be held at Wisbech and Fenland Museum at 7pm on March 1.

At the event, which is open to all, there will be a chance to hear all the short listed poems from both the ‘Adult’ and ‘Young’ categories, and the winning Fenland Poet Laureate and Young Fenland Poet Laureate will be announced.

Bonnie Scott, another young poet short listed, aged 10, from Doddington, added: “I can’t wait for the 1st of March.”