Young Staffordshire Stanza – finished !

Young Staffordshire Stanza Logo

The Young Staffordshire Stanza poetry competition for 11 to 16 year olds is now finished.

With nearly 400 entries from across Staffordshire, 14 finalists competed at the live final on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at Endon High School (

Matilda Houston-Brown, Bert Flitcroft and Stephen Morrison-Burke gave performances of their poetry before and after the finalists.

Matilda Houston-Brown

Matilda Houston-Brown

Bert Flitcroft

Bert Flitcroft

Stephen Morrison-Burke

Stephen Morrison-Burke

The competition was won by Ms Channan Randhawa with ‘What makes us human’

Channan receiving her winner's prize from Suzanne Sillitoe

Channan receiving her winner’s prize from Suzanne Sillitoe

and the runner up was Ms Isobel Horsley with ‘Regrets’.

Isobel receiving her runners up prize from Suzanne Sillitoe

Isobel receiving her runners up prize from Suzanne Sillitoe

Congratulations to all the finalists.

The Young Staffordshire Stanza poetry competition was made possible with the support of Endon High School, Staffordshire County Council library service, Stoke-on-Trent library service, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Waterstones Stafford and Waterstones Hanley.

Chris Riddell – the Children’s Laureate – was kind enough to support the event with a special illustration.

Chris Riddell's support

The First Bus Group have now displayed the finalist poetry on their web site and physically on the No. 18 bus :-)

Poetry on the back   Finalists gather for the launch  Poetry on the inside

Thank you to all who entered the competition, those that attended the final and especially to Mrs Alison Gibson, Headteacher of Endon High School.

Following the publicity of the competition and the subsequent display of the finalists’ work on the No.18 bus, I was then asked to take part in TEDxStoke held at Stoke Sixth Form college on Saturday 3rd December 2016.

My talk can be found here.

Thanks again to everyone involved and keep writing !