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Primary School Prize-Winning Travel Poems

Created: 21st Jun 2019

Talented young poets from primary schools across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset eloquently expressed their thoughts about travelling - in all its forms – through poetry in poems that are being published in a very special book today.

Primary School Children in Poetry Competition
The poems are the winning entries in an annual, city-wide primary school poetry competition run by Ablaze, a local education charity.  
The book, 'A Celebration of Poetry in Bristol's Primary Schools', is the fourth published by Ablaze and Intellect Books.  Poems by over 70 children from Reception to Year 6 are featured in the latest edition. 
“This year's theme was ‘Travel’ and once again Bristol’s budding poets let their imaginations fly – taking us to far flung places, deep into history and even into space.,” said Sally Melvin, Chief Executive Officer of Ablaze. “The poems are always of a really high quality and a real pleasure to read.”  
Judges were looking for the best poems in three categories: pupils under seven years; those aged between seven and nine; and a nine to eleven-year-old category. Winners and runners-up in each category were selected and an overall 'best poem' was chosen. 
At today’s celebration event in the city centre, Bristol’s award-winning young poets recited their work in front of an invited audience which included proud teachers and parents, as well as the Lord Mayor of Bristol, before receiving their prizes from Bristol’s well-renowned street poet and last year’s poet laureate for Bristol, Miles Chambers. 
The overall winner was Ruby Jenkinson from St Werburgh’s Primary School.  Ruby, a Year 4 pupil, recited her poem ‘Travel through my day with me’ confidently in front of the invited guests.  
Roger Opie MBE, a judge on the Poetry Competition, said of Ruby’s poem “Ruby's clever and exciting words show great insight and imagination.”  
Jane Sawyer, SENCO at Henbury Court Primary School and also a competition judge, commented, “The poem engaged my attention and pulled me in with its rhyming and bouncy lines!” 
Jacqui Mills, Public and Community Relations Manager, Bristol Airport and also a competition judge said: “We were delighted to support this year’s poetry competition.  The poems were incredibly inspiring, which made judging such a difficult decision. All entries were of such a high standard and showed creative thinking at its best.   We are also very grateful to Miles for his involvement and commitment with the creative writing workshops.” 

The event was kindly hosted by Clarke Willmott, one of Bristol’s leading law firms. Staff at Clarke Willmott have been volunteering for Ablaze in local primary schools for many years and were thrilled to host this exciting event again this year. 
Ablaze works with volunteers from businesses and other groups to raise aspirations, achievement and skill levels in young people in primary and secondary schools in the more disadvantaged parts of Bristol. Our aim is to tackle social mobility to ensure equality and inclusion. Each year more than 2,000 young people are supported by volunteers through Ablaze on a variety of programmes.