• Michael Diamond (centre)
Academic | Posted 09.02.2015

Sparkling performance at Poetry by Heart regional final

Stonyhurst Poet Michael Diamond proved the ancient Roman notion of nominative determinism true by faultlessly reciting three poems at the North West Heat of The Poetry by Heart Competition: ‘Envy’ by Adelaide Anne Procter, ‘The Second Coming’ by W. B. Yeats, and ‘When you see millions of the mouthless dead’ by Charles Sorley. The competition was held on Friday February 6th at Lancaster Library.

As the four judges went away to deliberate, an English teacher from another school approached Michael and told him two things. Firstly, that he should be filmed reciting as an example to other students up and down the land. Secondly, that if he did not win it would be a travesty. Another member of the audience described him as being in a different league to the rest.

Sadly, Michael took second spot to a strong competitor. Despite coming runner up, he made a tremendous impact on the night, and was roundly congratulated by other teams on his performance.

Mr D. Gibbons