Huddersfield New College is launching a search for the next Poetry by Heart Champion! If you enjoy poetry and performance and you’re looking to challenge yourself this academic year, this opportunity could be for you.
Poetry by Heart is a national poetry recital competition for young people studying in the UK. Students from across the country are asked to memorise and recite two poems chosen from a vast online anthology; one pre-1914 and one post-1914, and perform them in a competition in their school or College. The winning student will have their entries submitted to the judges at Poetry by Heart, who will then pick their top ten to travel down to London for an all-expenses paid grand final event.  The final students will perform their chosen poems on stage, and a winner from each key stage will be crowned. One lucky student will be chosen to represent England at a poetry recital showcase in Ontario, Canada- a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Huddersfield New College has had great success in past competitions. Last year’s HNC Champion Courtney was crowned West Yorkshire Poetry by Heart Champion- though sadly, due to the pandemic, was unable to perform at the grand finals, which had to be cancelled. Courtney commented "I loved taking part in the Poetry by Heart competition. Not only did the competition suit my love of poetry and reading, it also helped me to meet like minded friends and challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone. Taking part in this opportunity helped me to increase my self-confidence and  public speaking skills, as well as teaching me to improve my memory, which really comes in usual for sitting exams! I was delighted to reach the grand finals this year and be crowned West Yorkshire Poetry by Heart champion. I couldn't recommend taking part more".
If you’d like to find out more about taking part in Poetry by Heart, please watch our short video, and contact Sam Daley on to register your interest. It is anticipated that the HNC competition will be held at the beginning of February. To find out more about Poetry by Heart and to view the online anthology, please click here.


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