Poems to Post winners announced

An impressive 1,500 children entered the Scottish Book Trust's Poems to Post competition, sponsored by the Royal Mail and supported by TES Scotland. The theme of celebration prompted lots of verses on the Queen's golden jubilee and the World Cup, from children aged five upwards. But the winner is Zoe Mills, aged 10, of Coldingham Primary in the Borders, whose accomplished poem on the general theme of celebration demonstrated an unusual sense of sound and rhythm for one so young.

Zoe's poem, "Celebration", will be published on 50,000 postcards specially designed by Design Links in time for National Poetry Day on October 10. Her school wins two days of poetry workshops by Glasgow-born poet John Rice.

The runners-up are Robert McCormick, aged 10, of St Paul's (Whiteinch) Primary, Glasgow, with "My Brother Comes Home for A Couple of Weeks", Laura Holt, aged 15, of James Young High, West Lothian, for "Ceilidh", Abigail McCormack, aged 13, of Hutcheson's Grammar, Glasgow, for "Birthday Wishes" and Eileen Aspey, aged 9, of Pitchorthy Primary, Dumfries and Galloway, for a Scots poem, "Spring is Here".

The winner and runners-up receive a pound;25 book token each.

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