New Young Norfolk Laureate 2018 is announced

Ciera Drury, 18, from Dereham Sixth Form College, is the 2018 Young Norfolk Laureate.Photo: National

Ciera Drury, 18, from Dereham Sixth Form College, is the 2018 Young Norfolk Laureate.Photo: National Centre for Writing - Credit: National Centre for Writing

The new Young Norfolk Laureate was announced at a ceremony celebrating the winners of the Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2018.

The six winners of the Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2018 at the National Centre for Writing.Pho

The six winners of the Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2018 at the National Centre for Writing.Photo: National Centre for Writing - Credit: National Centre for Writing

Eighteen-year-old Ciera Drury, from Dereham Sixth Form College, has been given the literary honour after impressing judges with her poetry 100 Years of Silence [Women's Vote]. Throughout the next year she will help encourage young people across the region to enjoy reading and writing in and outside of the classroom, and she will also receive specialist training to hone her writing skills.

The first Young Norfolk Laureate, Joe Webb, will complete his laureateship today by taking the stage at Latitude Festival to perform his poem Peripheral Vision, which won the Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2017.

Five more Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2018 winners were also announced at last night's ceremony at the National Centre for Writing. They included: Sarah Durban, 11, from Avenue Junior School; Rosie May, 11, from Langley School; Nicola Mathew, 14, from Springwood High School; Hannah Richmond, 17, from City of Norwich School; and Alannah Young, 18, from Reepham College.

Their winning entries are available to read online at www.nationalcentreforwriting.org.ukThe Young Norfolk Writing Competition is a partnership between the National Centre for Writing, Norfolk County Council and Young Norfolk Arts Festival.

Writer and theatre-maker Molly Naylor with the six winners of the Young Norfolk Writing Competition

Writer and theatre-maker Molly Naylor with the six winners of the Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2018 at the National Centre for Writing.Photo: National Centre for Writing - Credit: National Centre for Writing


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