16 May Poetry Alive
The range of poems chosen by the nearly 50 participants in this year’s Poetry Alive was remarkable: “I never expected anyone to choose Chaucer in the original,” said a rather astounded Dr John Lennard of Cambridge University, the judge of this year’s event. And so was the quality of this year’s competition, attended by a rapt audience of students, teachers and parents. Learning by heart, finding the courage to stand up in front of a discerning if supportive audience, and learning to project ideas and voice in the intense Black Box atmosphere are skills that will stand students in good stead in years to come. Dr Lennard had the unenviable job of judging who to award prizes to. Highly commended for her rendering of Dahl’s “Cinderella” was Amelie from the Rosey Juniors; the first and second Junior prizes were awarded to students from La Chât and Nations, while the senior prizes both went to Rosey. Hadrien’s recital in Chaucerian Middle English of the Prologue to the Tale of the Wyf of Bathe (written in the 1380s) won him second prize, while Joshua with a masterfully internalized and authentic recital of D H Lawrence’s “Snake”, was the deserved winner of the Senior category.