Barton Peveril’s Published Poets
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College students Anna Balson and Jade Effemey are to become published authors, after their success in the Young Writers’ Competition 2021.
The Young Writers Competition asks 11-18 year old students across the country to enter a thought-provoking piece of poetry. The winning students then have their work published in the competition’s annual anthology. This year’s competition was titled ‘Empowerment’ and tasked students with exploring the concept of choices in their work.
Both students joined the Hampshire-based College from Noadswood School and heard about the competition through the College’s English Extension enrichment activity. Balsom’s poem ‘Thinking Back on Snap Decisions’ and Effemey’s poem ‘Getting Me Back’ were among only a select few poems, from hundreds of entries around the country, to be published in this year’s anthology.
Speaking on her entry, Anna Balsom said:
‘I entered the competition because I thought it was a really cool way to have a go at writing something for a wider audience. I am very happy that I was chosen to be published and am supper grateful to have this opportunity.
Jade Effemey also commented on her entry:
‘I entered the competition because I wanted to challenge myself by writing on a theme of empowerment. Knowing I was chosen to be published makes me feel validated and secure in my poetry and excited for new opportunities to come.’