Event date: 02 March, 2020 · Putney High School

Poetry Festival 2020

Arts, Events, General, News, Performance, Senior School, Sixth Form

The annual Poetry Festival took place on Monday 2 March 2020, 6 – 8pm.

The evening is one of the highlights of our events calendar and gives students the opportunity to present highlights of their work.

This year we were delighted to welcome our judge and Poet in Residence, poet and novelist Dr Ros Barber to judge the poems and performances. She commented on how difficult it was to select winners as the standard was so high.



The Winners

Year 7 Winner – Jahni S, The Cheetah 

Year 7 HC – Sofia DS, The Fox in the Garden

Year 8 Winner – Charlotte W, Mind (pictured left)

Year 8 HC – Sarah F, The Crowd.

Year 9 Winner – Libby RF, I See Wings

Year 9 HC – Lara GJ, The Wendy House

Year 10 Winner – Grace T, Toy Soldiers

Year 10 HC – Lila S, Mysterious Ankles

Year 11 Winner – Alexandra B, Quake

Year 11 HC – Ahana B, an ode to an Empress

Year 12 Winner – Polly C, Medea nunc sum

Year 12 HC – Khava C, And she watches still

Minds by Charlotte W - Year 8 Winner

Dr Barber talked about how poetry helps us realise how words can communicate very succinctly and directly; how we live in an increasingly fractured and isolated world, with the devices in our pockets making connections between us, but also increasing our isolation, and how poetry is one way of bridging that gap.

She talked about the intimacy of poetry and how the best poems aren’t necessarily loud or polished; they are sometimes quiet and say ‘Come over here and sit next to me’, and they give you a sense of the poet’s individual voice.

Congratulations to all those who took part for some fantastic work.

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