From verse to best

PUBLISHED: 12:37 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:37 28 March 2013

Alex Hall from Axminster

Alex Hall from Axminster


Axminster teenager wins through to the finals of the national Poetry by Heart contest

Axminster teenager Alex Hall is through to the last round of the national Poetry By Heart contest.

The 17-year-old Colyton Grammar School student won the Devon heat to earn his place at the final at the National Portrait Gallery later this month.

The competition, which is funded by the Department for Education, challenges contestants to recite two classic poems from memory.

The county heat was held in Ivybridge last Tuesday, when Alex impressed the judges with his performances of an extract from Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ and Philip Larkin’s ‘Mr Bleaney’.

Alex, who intends to pursue a career in drama, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and it was something I’d never really tried before.”

As the round winner Alex received a book token and two folio edition poetry anthologies - one for himself and one for his school.

* Poetry By Heart is the Poetry Archive’s pioneering national poetry recitation competition for students in years 10-13. Poetry By Heart will lift poems off the page and into hearts and memories. It will give young people a prestigious stage on which to develop a confident voice and public presence. It is a way for students to have serious fun while they extend their reading, deepen their powers of appreciation and memorise intriguing poems which will enrich their lives forever.

To find out more about the competition visit the ‘Poetry by Heart’ website

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