He's A Poet and He Knows It
A poem by a Hethersett
High School pupil has beaten off competition from all over the country to be
included in a national anthology.
Year 10 pupil Joe
Cooper submitted his poem “Heroes” for the Evans Brothers Ltd World Book
Day competition. There were over 3,000 entries and just 29 poems from
secondary school children published.
“I was very happy
when I heard my poem was being included,” said a proud Joe who admits that
he loves poetry and also being a member of a Year 8 creative writing club.
“I love writing
poetry as it is the ideal way to put down what you are thinking. It also
allows people to try and get into your head to work out what you are
saying,” said 15 year old Joe
who says that he has written hundreds of poems – both serious and amusing.
Joe used opening lines
written for the competition by Liverpool poet Roger McGough – “When I am
old and looking back, Who will the heroes be? What deeds will they have done?
Joe finished the line
with the words “Could It be you or me?” and then goes on to develop the
poem over 28 lines with the message that the hero could be anyone regardless
of who they are.
Joe would eventually
like to establish a career in writing – possibly journalism - and would love
to be part of the University of East Anglia’s creative writing degree
In the meantime his
poem is in the anthology “The Escape of Hanna Schmidt and other Stories and
Poems.” The book is on sale throughout the country for £3.99 with profits
going to World Book Day.