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Rebecca Took is appointed Solihull School's first Poet Laureate

A TALENTED borough pupil has been appointed as Solihull School’s first Poet Laureate.

A TALENTED borough pupil has been appointed as Solihull School’s first Poet Laureate.

Rebecca Took, aged 17, will now be honoured with the task of commemorating special events at the school by sharing her impressive poetry with other student, staff and visitors.

Rebecca clinched the role after entering a competition with other upper fifth and sixth form pupils, wowing teachers with her poem ‘Perseverantia’ (Latin for Persevere).

“I’m really excited but it’s also a little daunting,” the talented teenager told us.

“I’m the school’s first Poet Laureate so I haven’t got anything to compare myself but it’s nice to be recognised.

“I’m naturally quite a shy person and prefer to see my work written down, I like the way that words look on the page.

“I will now be reading my work out to a room full of people which is a little bit daunting but I’ve done it a couple of times now and I’m getting used to it a bit more.”

Rebecca, whose favourite writers include Caroline Bird and C.S Lewis, is hoping to study English at Oxford University and has already completed an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in poetry.

“I thought there had to be a prescription to poetry but now I realise it can be whatever you want it to be,” Rebecca added.

Solihull School’s deputy head of English Helen Pike added: “As countries and counties appoint Poet Laureates, I had the idea of encouraging a love of poetry across the school.”

 

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