Eye sixth-former reaches final of prestigious UK poetry competition

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A Hartismere School sixth-form student has prevailed in a prestigious national poetry competition, after reaching the final six from more than 1,100 entrants across the UK.

Grace Fraser, who lives in Eye, was presented with £250 in prize money as she was named as a runner-up in the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, a contest for 16-18 year old students that is credited with helping to kick-start careers in writing and publishing industries.

Grace provided a reading of her original poem, titled ‘UFO Beach Abduction’, during an awards ceremony at Oxford University’s Christ Church College last month.

Alan Gillis, an acclaimed poet who acted as one of the competition’s judges, said: “Reading through all the poems, I was struck first of all by the great range of diversity and work in terms of voice, style and subject matter.

“But overwhelmingly, I was impressed by the consistency of excellence.

“The experience of judging has been really uplifting because of the passion and daring, boldness and confidence of the poems entered.

“This is a wonderful competition.”