Young poet rewarded with invitation to Passchendaele

Rebecca Farnfield holding her winning poem

Rebecca Farnfield holding her winning poem

A BUDDING young poet from South Farnham School, whose poetry reading reduced a crowd of veterans to tears, has recently been invited to read her competition-winning war poem at a special ceremony in Belgium.

Rebecca Farnfield, aged 11, who won an international children’s poetry competition with her poem ‘I Stand Alone,’ was delighted to have been chosen as winner in the ages nine to 11 category.

The competition was set up by Never Such Innocence, an organisation which aims to engage young people in the First World War centenary through the arts.

Bagging the top prize of £400 for her entry, described as “deeply moving” by competition organisers, Rebecca was also invited to Central London to read her poem at the Guards Chapel at Wellington Barracks. …more