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COLYTON: Libby reaches poetry finals

Thursday, 27 February 2014

COLYTON Grammar School student Libby Norman has qualified for the national final of the Poetry By Heart Competition, having won the regional heat against other schools from Devon at Ivybridge Library earlier this month.
Libby, aged 18, recited three poems including a First World War poem named “The Stretcher Bearer” by Tommy Crawford, from memory.
Libby, who comes from Newton Poppleford, will take part in the national finals, hosted by founder of Poetry By Heart, Sir Andrew Motion, in mid-March on an all-expenses-paid trip to London. The final takes place in the National Portrait Gallery.
After winning the regional heat, Libby was straight back to school for an 11pm departure of an A-level history trip to Krakow.
Her English teacher, Fiona Harvey, described her performance as “sensitive and moving”.
By student reporter
Alex French

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