A 15-year-old from Bromsgrove has been named as this year’s Young Poet Laureate for Worcestershire.

Faith Taylor was one of 12 young poets who took part in the competition.

Alana Booth, aged 10 was the winner of the 8-11 age group and Abbie-Lou Cox, aged 17 won the 16-18 age group.

Faith Taylor said: “It’s been an incredible experience and I am so pleased to have won the competition. All of the finalists were amazing, and I am looking forward to the opportunities over the next year. Thank you, Severn Arts and Worcestershire County Council and all those involved!”

Redditch Advertiser: Alana Booth, aged 10 was the winner of the 8-11 age group.Alana Booth, aged 10 was the winner of the 8-11 age group.

The competition was judged by last year’s Young Poet Laureate Ellie Dart, and professional poets Kevin Brooke and Justin Coe.

The competition is jointly run by Worcestershire County Council and Severn Arts.

Ellie Dart, Young Poet Laureate 2020 said: “All the finalists were incredible writers, so it is really exciting to know that Worcestershire has so many talented young poets. Alana, Abbie and Faith wrote poetry that was both passionate and moving. It captures your attention. I cannot wait to see what they write next.”

This year’s competition saw over 100 entries with each applicant submitting two poems: one based on this year’s theme ‘adventure’ and a second about anything at all.

Redditch Advertiser: Abbie-Lou Cox, aged 17 won the 16-18 age groupAbbie-Lou Cox, aged 17 won the 16-18 age group

Hannah Perrott, assistant director for communities at Worcestershire County Council, added: “The Young Poet Laureate event is a wonderful annual tradition that celebrates the talent of budding young poets across our county. Well done to everyone who took part and huge congratulations to our overall winner Faith, and group winners Alana and Abbie-Lou. I look forward to seeing more of their work in the forthcoming year. I want to add my thanks to Ellie Dart who steps aside after inspiring so many of us this year with her outstanding poetry contributions.”

Elaine Knight, arts director at Severn Arts said: “It was very inspiring to listen to so many creative young people. This year’s competition was exceptionally high quality and all the finalists would have made worthy winners. Faith has been inspired by Ellie over the past year so it was a pleasure to see how one Young Poet Laureate has impacted on other young people in the county, inspiring them to take part in the event.”

As Young Poet Laureate, Faith will have her winning poems published online and in print and be invited to take part in commissioning opportunities, mentoring and to perform and talk about her work.