St Pancras International announced Fin Perry as the winner of the 13th Betjeman Poetry Prize. After beating thousands of entrants with his poem, The Corridor, the prestigious win sees him become the station’s fifth ‘St Pancras Laureate’.
Held at St Pancras International to mark National Poetry Day (3rd October), the prestigious Betjeman Poetry Prize award ceremony saw Fin read his poem aloud beneath the station’s famous statue of poet Sir John Betjeman. His new role as ‘St Pancras Laureate’ will see him write three further poems for the station throughout the coming year.
Thousands of entries from across the country were whittled down to a shortlist of just six young hopefuls, who read their poems – created around the theme of ‘place’ – to a crowd of poetry lovers and fellow competitors. The Betjeman Poetry Prize award ceremony also saw TS Eliot prize winner Hugo Williams performing live as part of the celebrations, as well as hosting guests including Andrea Reece – the architect of National Poetry Day, Lauren Child, John Lyons and Gareth Binns, CEO of the Institute of Imagination, who gathered to listen to the impressive poetry from some of the country’s youngest poets.
Led by John Betjeman’s granddaughter (and Prize Director) Imogen Lycett Green and judged by multi-award winning poet Wendy Cope and her husband and co-judge, Lachlan Mackinnon, the annual Betjeman Poetry Prize attracts entries from talented 10-13-year olds across the UK – all competing to impress the judges with their poetry writing skills. This year’s winner joins previously celebrated young poets including 12-year-old Ide Crawford with her poem, The Moors’ and Amineh Abou Kerech, 13, who beat thousands of entries with her poem, Lament for Syria.’
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