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Children’s Poet of the Year Competition Winners Announced

Children’s Poet of the Year Competition Winners Announced
14 June, 2016

The theatre received a huge amount of entries and are delighted to announce details of the winning and highly commended poems that were entered into the Children’s Poet of the Year Competition. The winning poet is Emma Finan, from 6th class in Ardkeeran National School in Riverstown. Four highly commended poems were written by Jane Tempany, from 5th class, High Park National School, Skreen; Tara Casserly from 5th class in Scoil Naomh Molaise, Grange; Joshua Cadman from 3rd class, St. Enda’s National School, Carraroe and Michael Langan from 6th class in Carns National School, Grange.

The winning poet has won a €100 voucher from the Hawk’s Well Theatre for their school to put towards their next booking and a trip for the whole class to Eagles Flying, Ballymote, the largest centre for birds of prey and owls in Ireland. During the highly entertaining and interactive bird show, the class will experience eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures and owls - an unforgettable experience for all. The four highly commended poets each won a €30 voucher to the Hawk’s Well Theatre. The winning poems will also be printed and displayed in Sligo County Libraries.

Winner  -  Emma Finan

Flowers strewn through her emerald hair,
A long brown dress, arms outstretched.
Smaller than her siblings, but just as proud,
Sweet ruby roses adorn her green locks,
And a name just as sweet, The Rose Tree.

Commended No. 1  Tara Casserly

Petals falling, like a tear down a face
A withered dying rose tree
In a withered dying place
It used to be the garden's pride,
The green came out on every side.

Commended No. 2  Joshua Cadman

A fairy sat on the rose tree
using petals to make rosey tea
She made 10 cups in all
for the fairy fort ball
and she even saved one cup for me!

Commended No. 3 Jane Tempany

The rose tree has bright flowers, and when it's in full bloom
It banishes all my sorrow, and staves off all my gloom.
Its petals are soft as velvet
Yet its thorns are like a spear
That hinders the search for Easter Eggs that Mum hides there each year.

Commended No.4  Michael Langan

Outside the church on the grass,
Witnessed life, witnessed death,
Witnessed happiness, witnessed sadness,
At weddings, at funerals.
The rose tree.

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