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Local author Jan Hedger smiles and waves with student Lucas who holds up a third place certificate and gives the sign for peace.

Derwen wordsmiths were rewarded today when special guest poet and writer Jan Hedger visited College to judge our Poetry Competition, during Competitions Week, and on World Poetry Day.

Jan, who is an industry champion for College, had the difficult job of judging some brilliant work from students at our Gobowen and Telford sites.

The winner was Telford student Aysha Taylor, who joined the presentation via Teams and was later awarded with her Gold medal and certificate.

All entries were given feedback from Jan, who is a well-known local Oswestry author.

The winning entries were:

First place went to Telford student Aysha about how teddy bears feel.

Jan said: “I chose this poem because I loved the way you see the teddies as having feelings. This is called a metaphor and is very clever. It was also a list poem, which I loved.”

In second place was Lauren’s poem ‘If I Didn’t Have a Voice’

Jan said: “From the beginning it made me chuckle, then it made me think how scary it would be to not have a voice.

In third place was Lucas with a poem which Jan praised for its good rhythm and attention-grabbing beginning.

Jan also gave a highly commended awards to Anna Redding’s All About My Feelings, which Jan said was beautiful and descriptive poem. She said, sheI particularly like the line ‘like a flower reaching to the stars’

And to Jack’s poem about radio which also impressed. She said “I loved hearing how happy you are waking up and also listening to the radio from 2-5pm on a Sunday.

Thank you to Jan for reading all the poems, and for taking the time to review them.

She said: “Well done to Aysha and to all the students who wrote such brilliant poems. You are all winners! Keep up the writing.”

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