TWO budding poets at a Sheffield school have had their creative work, to mark the centenary of Armistice Day, praised by Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy.
Sheffield High School for Girls’ Year 10 pupils Ashwini Garneti and Amy Simpson have been shortlisted in the Armistice 100 Prize for Schools Poetry Competition organised by the University of Lincoln’s School of English and Journalism.
Their poems were singled out by Carol Ann Duffy and her fellow judges, who read all 544 competition entries, and will feature in a published anthology Armistice 100, which includes a forward by the Poet Laureate.
Aswini and Amy will find out whether they have beaten off competition from fellow pupils nationwide to take one of three prize winning places in the 13-16 years age category on November 15 at Lincoln University.
Carol Ann Duffy will announce the winners and launch the book containing the winning and shortlisted poems at the special ceremony attended by Ashwini, Amy and xxxx from Sheffield Girls.
Kate Lloyd-Hughes, head of English at Sheffield Girls’, said: “All the pupils really took up this challenge and the judges were extremely impressed by the quality of poems received. To be included in the book is an achievement itself for the featured poets and we wish both Ashwini and Amy the best of luck for the final ceremony.”
The competition was open to anyone aged 9 – 18 years and asked pupils to write on the theme of Armistice including the First World War, or about armistice in general and the cessation of hostilities.
2018 marks 100 years since the armistice was signed. Some 10 million soldiers were killed in ‘The Great War’ before the guns finally fell silent on Armistice Day, at 11am on 11 November 1918.
Armistice Day is remembered in countries around the world. In Britain, a two-minute silence is observed to remember and honour the sacrifices made with Remembrance Sunday usually taking place on the second Sunday in November, nearest to the 11th.