By Ballyclare High School on 16 October, 2018
We won the Junior and Intermediate NI heat of the Poetry Aloud Ireland competition last week. Jonathan Marshall Year 8 (Junior) and Leah McDonald Year 11 (Intermediate) go through to the All Ireland semi-finals in Dublin next month. The whole team were a credit to the school.
The late Seamus Heaney was a significant supporter of Poetry Aloud. When he won the David Cohen Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, he nominated Poetry Aloud for the accompanying Clarissa Luard Award, and he remarked, “I truly believe Poetry Aloud deserves all the support it can get, because it promotes literature, and , in particular, poetry, widely, intimately and to inestimable effect. But fundamentally, I choose it because it brings poetry into the memory and affections of the young in a way that will make it a lifelong possession and value”.