Poetry by Heart National Final

The School has been involved in two National Finals this week! Pavel Poloskin spent three days at Homerton College, Cambridge, representing Worcestershire in the final of the BBC National Poetry by Heart recitation competition. From an initial ten thousand entrants, the final forty spent two days battling it out, reciting a pre-1914 and post-1914 poem on the Friday, in sessions running from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then on Saturday, returning to recite a poem from the First World War.

Pavel’s rendition of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s “Originally” was selected to be recorded for Radio 4’s “Poetry Please” broadcast on Saturday and Sunday, and the former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and poet Jean Sprackland commented personally on the emotive quality with which he imbued his words.

In terms relative to that other, bigger final, this is like Chris Robshaw saying yes, you are a great rugby player.

Huge well done to Pavel for taking part in this wonderful competition. 

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