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Sixth form poetry talent on show

A talented Oxford teenager has won one of the most prestigious poetry competitions in the UK.

A talented Oxford teenager has won one of the most prestigious poetry competitions in the UK.

Dominic Hand, 18, was awarded the 2014 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, an annual award to encourage aspiring poets aged 16 to 18.

The theme for this year’s competition was “News”, a subject which attracted 630 entrants from a total of 345 schools.

Dominic, a year 13 student at Magdalen College School, won the £3,000 first prize for Annunciation, his poem based on an 1887 painting by George Hitchcock. He has an offer to study English at Oxford’s Oriel College.

The winner of the £1,000 second prize was Sam Buckton, from Rudolf Seiner School in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, for a poem called Hell-of-an-island, while Masha Voyles, from Charterhouse in Godalming, Surrey, was awarded the £500 third prize for Bat Child Found.

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