Young poet wins national competition

Philippa Crundwell 14, who has won first prize in a poetry competition, with certificate and prize camera.
Philippa Crundwell 14, who has won first prize in a poetry competition, with certificate and prize camera.

A talented young poet with a love for animals has won first prize in a nationwide youth poetry competition.

Millais student Philippa Crundwell of Smithbarn, Horsham, entered the Animal Aid contest after seeing the opportunity on her school’s ‘Moodle’ website.

TV presenter Wendy Turner-Webster presented the 14-year-old with her prize in London on June 16 where her poem was displayed alongside the other winning entries.

“Since I was about six or seven I really enjoyed reading books and writing poems,” Philippa told the County Times.

“I really like entering short stories and all sorts of things into compeitions. I try not to expect anything. I just enjoy writing, anything else is a bonus.”

The campaign group, Animal Aid, launched the competition to encourage 11-14 year olds to express their views on issues relating to the way animals are used in society.

The theme for Year 9 students was animals in captivity which provided a particularly inspiring platform for the young wordsmith who wrote a poem about an encaged tiger.

“I got the inspiration from things I have seen,” said Philippa. “It’s definitely something that’s close to my heart. I think people need to have more respect for animals,it’s all part of the world we live in.

“I think people should have compassion and understand their point of view not just be self centered.”

Philippa’s poem, which can be read on our website, was chosen for its imagination, creativity and understanding. of the issue.

Organiser Ben Martin said: “The standard of poetry we received was extraordinary and the winning entries were creative, expressive and bold, cutting right to the heart of the issue.

“Congratulations to Philippa; she created a wonderful poem and richly deserves her prize.”