Poet laureate inspiring young writers
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Serena Arthur currently holds the prestigious title of Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate.
The daughter of a Barbadian father and a Jamaican mother, Serena recently won the Young Poet Laureate competition, which is hosted annuallyby the Library of Birmingham, the biggest library in Europe, for competitors aged 11 to 17.
Participants are required to pen three poems based on a chosen theme and write a 100-word statement on why they should be chosen as the next Young Poet Laureate. They must then perform two poems in front of a panel of judges.
The competition started in 2005.
A student at the Sixth Form College in Solihull, Arthur started writing at age 12 at school and has entered many competitions, out of which her work has been published. She says she usually sticks to general topics so readers can understand and relate to them.
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