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Wessex School Poetry Slam

20 June 2022

Friday 17 June 2022

Hounsdown School Poets

“If that’s the way the younger generation are thinking, I’ve come away thinking it will all be alright.”

On Friday 17 June, ArtfulScribe welcomed young poets from four local schools, supported by their parents, friends and teachers, to MAST Mayflower Studios for the Wessex School Poetry Slam.

To prepare for the night, the young poets took part in writing and performance workshops, led by slam host Chris Redmond. These workshops took place at Mountbatten School, Romsey School, New Forest Academy, Hounsdown School, and Applemore College.

Chris Redmond said, “poetry is subjective, so to judge poetry is a bit daft… but it’s fun!” As such, the poets performed for scores out of 10 from a panel of judges, made up of Issa Farrah, Harley Truslove, Aanka Batta, Matthew West and Antosh Wojick.

Judge panel & host, Chris Redmond

Romsey School teacher, Rob, said, “It’s been genuinely really nice to give them this platform to say things they wouldn’t in front of friends. It’s a massive confidence boost for them.”

New Forest Academy poet, Tremaine, said, “It has gone really well. Once I got up, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought.”

Congratulations to everyone who shared their poems! Here were the final rankings:
Joint 5th: David (Romsey) & Ila (Mountbatten)
4th: Hounsdown Student
3rd: Amina (New Forest)
2nd: Alice (Hounsdown)
1st: Lucy (Hounsdown)
Winner School: Hounsdown

Romsey School Poets

New Forest Academy Poets
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