A wonderful evening - The HOPE's poetry prize giving

A wonderful evening - The HOPE's poetry prize giving


I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered The HOPE’s poetry competition this year. All The HOPE staff had such a lovely time reading your poems and the standard was very high. Well done to you all!

We held the ‘Mary Palmer Prize for Poetry’ prize giving event for the winners of the poetry competition on 7 December at City Hall. It was an incredibly happy evening, with the winners reading out their poems and each getting a prize. We hope you enjoyed it as much as The HOPE staff did!

The theme of the competition this year was ‘Learning City’. As always, The HOPE staff learned lots from our young people, both through your poems and from meeting the young people who attended the prize giving event.

We were also very lucky to have Bristol’s very own Poet Laureate, Miles Chambers, at the event. Miles told us a bit about how he became a poet and then treated us to one of his poems. It was all about Bristol and brilliant!

I want to say thank you very much to Katherine Juniper, The HOPE’s Inclusion and Participation Lead, for her hard work in making this such a fantastic event and to Adele Gardner, one of The HOPE’s governors, and Julie Rowell for giving their time so generously and providing prizes.

It’s nearly the end of another term so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I’ll be back with another blog in 2017.

Rachael Pryor

The HOPE Headteacher

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