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International poetry win for Beckenham schoolgirl

PUBLISHED: 09:51 14 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:51 14 October 2014

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Winner 2014 - Hannah Keyte (13, Beckenham, Kent)

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Winner 2014 - Hannah Keyte (13, Beckenham, Kent)

Hayley Madden 2014

Her poem beat over 13,000 others to win the competition

A Beckenham schoolgirl aged just 13 has been crowned winner of international poetry competition The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

Hannah Keyte beat off stiff competition from 7,603 other young poets, and 13,630 poems from 78 countries around the world, to win the contest.

She received her award from the former children’s laureate, Julia Donaldson MBE, at a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall earlier this month.

This year’s judges Grace Nichols and Simon Barraclough certainly had their work cut out selecting the winners from the sheer thousands of exciting new voices. Mr Barraclough praised the final selection of 15 top winners and 85 commended poets as “impossible to ignore”.

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