WINNERS OF COUNTYWIDE YOUNG ARTISTS AND POETS COMPETITION
INSPIRED BY ODE TO AUTUMN ANNOUNCED
The winners of a countywide creative competition for young Hampshire artists and writers have been announced.
The competition, which was run by Hampshire Cultural Trust in partnership with Winchester Poetry Festival, Winchester Heritage Open Days and Visit Winchester, invited entrants to write a poem or create a picture celebrating the seasons in Hampshire. The competition theme was chosen to celebrate the 200th anniversary of John Keats writing his much-loved ode To Autumn in Winchester on 19 September 1819.
The competition was open to young people who live or study in Hampshire in three age categories, 4-7, 8-11 and 12-16 years, with entries received from both individuals and schools from across the county. On Sunday 29 September, shortlisted artists and poets were invited with their families to an awards ceremony and afternoon tea at Winchester City Museum to celebrate their achievements.
The winning poem in the 4-7 category was joint-penned by Eddie Shawcross and Isla Metrich-Collins, both from Winchester; the runner-up was Evan Pearce from Rotherwick. In the 8-11 poetry category, Matilda Gregory from Newbury was the winner, with Zaki Rynne from Fleet the runner-up, and in the 12-16 age group, Winter’s Night by Helena Fisher from Bramley was in first position with Freddie Guest from Bentworth in second. Nine young writers were highly commended for their excellent poems: 4-7 Grace Wilson, Odiham, and Alexander Wood, Winchester; 8-11 Fergus Robertson, Winchester, Tamsyn Sales, Four Marks, William Guest, Bentworth and Ilan Yandle, Owslebury; 12-16 Amy Henry, Andover, and Mya Drennan and Gracie Sear Jarvis, both from Basingstoke.
The winners, runners-up and highly commended entries in each category received National Book Tokens as their prize, kindly donated in memory of Gordon Ward, former English teacher, Hampshire Education Advisor and a lover of poetry.
Coralie George from North Waltham was the winner in 4-7 art category, while Dominic Clarke from Sherfield English was the runner-up. The 8 –11 art category was a North Waltham family affair, with Django George in first place and sister Solana runner-up. Winner in the 12-16 art category was Grace Al-Mukhtar, with runner-up Thomas Henry from Andover. There was one highly commended art entry, by Sophie Wharton from Alton in the 8-11 year category. Prizes in this category were art supplies.
Jon Ward, who donated the poetry prizes in memory of his father, Gordon Ward, said: ‘My father had a life-long love of poetry and I know that he would be so proud of the achievements of these very talented young people.’
Hampshire-based art judge Daphne Vaughan commented: ‘It was such a joy meeting all the young poets and artists at the ceremony. During my judging, I was looking for colour, imagination even humour, whatever the seasons in Hampshire inspired entrants to paint.’
Kieran Phelan, from Winchester poetry Festival, added: ‘What a fantastic spread of entries! Our judges spent a brilliant day judging the poems and were quite exhausted by the end of it. Their only problem was that there were too many really fantastic ones! I’m pretty sure that we have spotted some Hampshire poets of the future.’
In partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust, Heritage Open Days and Visit Winchester/ Winchester City Council.