Buxton teenager through to national poetry final

Young poet Isobel Harwood
Young poet Isobel Harwood

A Buxton teenager has beat off 32,000 poets and been shortlisted for a national poetry competition.

Isobel Harwood, one of 12 finalists in the Poetry Games, a contest for young writers aged 11 to 18, was selected to represent the East Midlands with her piece Fading Voices.

The 13-year-old, who has created a short film to bring her poem to life, and now goes head to head in a public vote to determine the champion.

The year nine pupil, of New Mills School, explained her work centred on the rights of children and politicians’ empty promises.

She researched 1990 Convention on the Rights of the Child, saying: “I just thought it was another example of politicians paying lip-service to morality / rightness; their actions didn’t match their promises. The convention gave children a voice, but the betrayal of the promises takes that voice away.”

Last year, Isobel won Radio 2’s 500 Words competition with her short story Defining Moments.

To view Isobel’s video and vote, visit youngwriters.co.uk/poetry-games-voting. Voting closes on January 17 at 4pm.