Music & Arts | Posted 30.04.2014

Mary at the Poetry by Heart Grand Final

Mary Flanagan (Rhetoric) represented the North West at the 3-day, national final of the Poetry by Heart competition, held in London at the National Portrait Gallery (March 13th – 15th).

From 300 participating schools, 46 were selected from the regional rounds. Mary was one of only eight contestants selected for the Grand Final on Saturday.
Poetry by Heart is a pioneering national competition designed to encourage pupils aged 14-18 to learn and to recite poems by heart. Pupils taking part had to choose a poem from each of the competition’s three categories – Pre 1914, Post 1914 and a World War 1 poem, as part of the centenary commemorations. Mary recited “Sing me a song of a lad that is gone” by Robert Louis Stephenson (1892); “Badly Chosen Lover” by Rosemary Tonks (1958) and “She who has not died” – Edward Słoński (1914).
To find out more about the competition, follow the link: http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk