Budding Barnsley poets crowned competition champions

7 March 2017

Six budding Barnsley poets have fought off hundreds of entries to be named winners of a borough-wide competition.

The Hear My Voice poetry contest was launched by Barnsley Museums in June last year as part of the Hear My Voice programme, designed to encourage people to express themselves through poetry and the written and spoken word. 

The winners recited their entries and collected their prizes from Barnsley's very own Poet Laureate Ian McMillan, during a workshop at The Cooper Gallery last night, Monday 6th March.

The theme for the competition was 'home' - with entrants asked how they would describe Barnsley to a stranger in a foreign place. It was split into three different age categories, with a winner and runner-up in each.

Ten-year-old Daniel Barron from Higham was named winner in the children's category with his poem titled 'My Home Town', and Theo Jagger from Mapplewell was runner-up. Both are pupils at Barugh Green Primary School.

Listen to both Daniel and Theo recite their entries live on BBC Radio Sheffield

16-year-old Eloise Unerman from Goldthorpe came first in the young people's group with ‘Will I Miss This Tarn?’, and Sue Riley's poem 'New House', based on her home in Wombwell, was crowned winner of the adult category.

Pijus Bruzas from Elsecar, and Bronwen Barber from Mapplewell, were runners-up in the young people’s and adult category respectively.

Ian Mcmillan presented the winners with their prizes as part of his poetry workshop, one of a series of events that will run until 25th March as part of the Hear My Voice Literary Festival.

Jemma Conway, learning manager at Barnsley Museums, said: "We received 677 entries for the competition, and the standard was extremely high. The competition has proved that Barnsley is home to a number of great wordsmiths and that there's a real passion for poetry in the town."

The Hear My Voice festival is being backed by Ian McMillan and fellow South Yorkshire poets Ray Hearne and Steve Ely.

For more information on the festival’s activities, visit www.barnsley-museums.com


Notes to editor

Attached image shows the competition winners and runners-up, clockwise from left: Bronwen Barber, Sue Riley, Eloise Unerman, Pijus Bruzas, Theo Jagger, Daniel Barron.

Daniel Barron’s winning poem. ‘My Home Town’, is also attached.

The wider Hear My Voice programme is coordinated by Barnsley Museums with support from partners, and has received funding from Barnsley TUC Training Ltd.

The Barnsley Museums portfolio is owned and operated by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and includes the Cooper Gallery, Cannon Hall, Worsbrough Mill, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley.

For more information on Hear My Voice, contact Mary Ferguson on 01226 766900 or at mary@capitalbmedia.co.uk

For more information on Barnsley Museums, contact Devinia Skirrow on 01226 787 944 or at DeviniaSkirrow@barnsley.gov.uk  

This press release was prepared by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit www.capitalbmedia.co.uk

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