'Stone’ inspiration for Tower Poetry Awards 2017

A talented London teenager has won first prize in a prestigious poetry competition.

Ella Standage, a student at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, was awarded the 2017 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, an annual award for aspiring 16 to 18-year-old poets.

The theme for this year’s competition was “stone”, a subject that attracted more than 1,000 entries. A record number of poems came from schools that had never entered the competition before.

Ella won the £3,000 top prize for a poem called rosetta, the opening lines of which are printed, right.

The £1,000 second prize went to Annie Fan from Rugby High School, who wrote a poem entitled Qianling Stele while Rachel Oyawale, from Woldingham School in Surrey, won the £500 third prize for If I Gave You a Stone.

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