Top poetry prize for Perse student
Benjamin de Almeida Newton (Lower Sixth) has scribbled his way to success in the Foyle Young Poet of the Year awards.
His poem Baby Cucumber earned a highly commended honour in the prestigious annual competition and will now be included in an online anthology featuring the 100 winning entries.
He has also received a year’s youth membership to The Poetry Society and a goodie bag of books for his efforts.
On Baby Cucumber, he added: “The poem was completely random. I don’t know why, but I looked up the history of the cucumber and found that it had a lot of back story and I wrote the poem in 10 minutes.”
Having enjoyed writing stories for several years, Benjamin only began writing verse in September 2016 after being introduced to modernist poet Basil Bunting’s “truly amazing” work Briggflatts by his uncle.
He added: “When we studied poetry in English, I always thought ‘how can you glean this much information from this line? or how can it be analysed in depth?’, so I wanted to have a stab at writing it.”
Benjamin has already put together enough poems for an anthology entitled November Sundance and now hopes to set up a poetry workshop group at The Perse.
Listen to Benjamin read his successful entry Baby Cucumber below.