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Budding GC poets published in Young Writers Anthology

21 February 2017

Three GC Sixth Form students studying at the Forest of Dean Campus have been selected to have their poetry published in a Young Writers Anthology, as part of national competition ‘Busta Rhyme’.

The students are also in with a chance of winning the top prize of £1,000, which will be awarded to the judges’ favourite entry. The competition is open to students aged 4 to 18, with prizes awarded in three age categories.

Katie James, Lauren Parke and Connor Wagland are all studying English under the guidance of GC lecturer, Nick Taylor (pictured). All three enjoy writing poetry in their spare time and are excited about seeing their poems in print for the first time.

Katie, who is completing English at AS Level, called her poem ‘Disappearance’.

17-year-old Connor is studying GCSE English alongside a BTEC Diploma Art and Design. His poem is titled ‘Looking in the Mirror’.

He said: “When writing my poem, I just spoke from my heart and honestly I’m thrilled to have it published. I feel like the five years of work I’ve put into writing poetry is starting to pay off bit by bit.”

Lauren, who is studying AS Level English, Maths and Photography, called her poem ‘Grateful Heart’.

She said: I had a really rough patch in my life, but that changed when I started to allow friends and family to help me. I wrote this poem to remind myself that I should be grateful for what I already have, and to tell people that life does get better and that they should appreciate it while they can.

I am astonished about my poem being published but so excited as well. To have something of mine published has been a dream of mine for many years and now it’s finally happened.”

The ‘Busta Rhyme – Southern England Anthology’ will be available from 31 March 2017, with several copies going to the libraries at the three Gloucestershire College Campuses.

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