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Poet Laureate comes to EHS

10 May 2019

The school was delighted to welcome Richard O’Brien, Birmingham's Poet Laureate, into school on Friday 3 May to announce the winners of the recent EHS Poetry competition. 

Congratulations go to the following girls for their entries:

Key Stage 5 Winner: 'Alexandria' by Emily Hurst, Year 12.
Key Stage 5 Runner up: 'Prayers to a silent Architect' by Kiranjyot Kaur, Year 12.
Keys Stage 4 Winner: 'What is OUR planet?' by Davina Jagpal Year 9.  
Key Stage 4 Runner up: 'Build me up’ by Bethan Harrison, Year 10.
Key Stage 3 Winner: 'Viking funeral' by Juniper Siegel, Year 8.
Key Stage 3 Runner up: 'A drop of rain' by Manisha Ark, Year 8.

Mr O’Brien addressed all senior girls in an assembly, enlightening us about his high profile role as the city’s Poet Laureate and the ways in which a passion for poetry can be intertwined with a variety of career paths. He spoke about aspects of his published poetry, plays, and academic criticism and intrigued us further by telling us about the PHD he studies at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute. 

After assembly, he led a workshop for Year 7 pupils on Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem ‘The Kraken’ that culminated in girls reciting poems they had devised during the session.

Ms Jones-Owen
Head of Year 7
English Department

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