Recently I was asked to be one of the judges for the National Memorial Arboretum’s Poetry Competition to commemorate Somme 100. This competition was for young people all over the country, inspiring them to write about the last Hornbeam Tree surviving at the end of the Battle of Delville Wood.
This moving topic has been interpreted into some different and interesting poems, some extremely powerful- all impressive and full of effort. Tonight, with several other judges, we have decided on the final winners. It was very difficult to make the decision, but we eventually came to a result we felt was the correct one.
Thank you to the National Memorial Arboretum, for inviting me to judge such marvellous poetry, to my fellow judges, and also to all the young people who entered the competition: it was a pleasure to read your poetry.