Schoolboy picks up poetry award

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A REMARKABLE poem about Lord Byron’s Hellespont swim in Turkey has earned earned Hucknall schoolboy William Humphreys a prestigious award.

William, who goes to Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall, scooped the school award in the Maureen Crisp poetry award which is run as part of the annual International Byron Festival.

He was presented with a certificate, a book voucher worth £10 and a small cup which he will keep.

He came first out of 157 entrants in the section this year.

In the two-stanza work, William depicts the Hellespont as a swirling monster which Byron eventually conquers.

Frances Farrell-Oscroft and Daniel Crump, both of Hucknall National Church of England Academy, were second and third respectively and two other National pupils, Laura Ward and Rhiannon Taylor, came fourth and fifth.

With ‘Byron And Sport’ the theme of the festival this year, the Hellespont swim was a popular choice of subject for the competition -- including the entry which won the open section for former Dispatch chief reporter Denis Robinson, who received the handsome cup in a presentation ceremony at Hucknall Parish Church.

Runner-up was last year’s winner, Maddie Scott, with Chris Purslow coming third. There were six entries for this section.

OUR PHOTO shows William Humphreys with Holgate head teacher Wayne Barsby and the school’s senior librarian, Heather Hawkins.