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29 November 2017

Talented Pupils Impress at Poetry Competition

King’s College recently held the final round of the annual Poetry Recitation Competition. Now in its 11th year, this high-drama event challenges pupils to learn a poem by heart and recite it before an audience.

This year the standard was higher than ever, especially at Third Form level, where several performers showed ambition and confidence.

The five finalists were Third Former, Cora Frith-Fletcher, who recited Eavan Boland’s The War Horse with impeccable control; Fourth Former, Eleanor Clark, who perfectly captured the humour of Jenny Joseph’s Warning; Fifth Former, Ellie Cooper, who delivered Warsan Shire’s Home with great passion and confidence; Lower Sixth Former, Ellie Redford, who recited Siegfried Sassoon’s Repression of War Experience, and Upper Sixth Former, Lorcan Cudlip Cook, who recited a poem written for this year’s Christopher Tower competition.

The finalists included two returning to the stage after previous appearances at this level, and all kept the audience rapt with their delivery, diction, and depth of engagement.

The judging panel, chaired by actor Michael Smith, had a very demanding task distinguishing between some impeccable, and very different, performances.

Congratulations to Cora Frith-Fletcher who emerged victorious in the final round, and to runners up, Lorcan and Eleanor.

Cora follows in the footsteps of older sister, Iona, a winner in 2013. All the year group winners and runners up received prizes generously sponsored by the Joan Sewell Bequest Fund.

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