BUDDING poets across West Sussex have been putting pen to paper in the hope of winning a competition.
The Rotary Club of Chichester, in association with Waterstone’s, have awarded students in three age groups for their creativity and international understanding.
The theme of the poetry was ‘the life of trees around the world’.
It was judged by celebrated poet and author Stephanie Norgate, who writes poems and plays and runs a creative writing course at the University of Chichester.
Vivienne McGavin, of Rotary International, organised the event.
“The event went very well – I think all the prize-winners were very pleased,” she said.
“I was stunned that such young people could write such fantastic poems.
“I think everyone enjoyed it.
“We had some feedback that they would like to see more entries.”
Mrs McGavin said the poems, which ‘really’ explored the international theme, ‘did really well’.
More than 90 poems were received from students.