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Listen to the winning poem

Congratulations to Jennifer Burville-Riley, winner of this year’s John Betjeman Poetry Competition!

The Guardian have a short podcast of  Jennifer reading her poem, Saint Wyllow’s Bridge, and talking about her love of poetry. You can listen to the podcast here.

The competition was also mentioned in a column in The Independent about children, poetry and the Olympics! Click here to read the article.



Photos: right, Jennifer reads her poem at the prize ceremony at St Pancras.
Below top: children at the awards listen to poet Brian Patten.
Below bottom: Patron Joanna Lumley and judge Brian Patten with this year’s finalists.

All photos © Paddington Arts. More photos at MulTpleM4N on Flickr

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