Harry takes Warwickshire Young Poet Laureate title for this year

Harry Jenkins with Warwickshire county councillors Jose Compton, Mike Gittus, Bob Stevens and Jenny St.John.
Harry Jenkins with Warwickshire county councillors Jose Compton, Mike Gittus, Bob Stevens and Jenny St.John.

The poetic talents of a Warwick School pupil have earned him the title of this year’s Warwickshire Young Poet Laureate.

Harry Jenkins, 17, was selected at a performance event at Warwick Library, during which he beat off a high standard of competition from the other four finalists.

Harry said: “I am extremely excited to have been given the role because it gives me the opportunity to promote poetry to a wide range of people across the county, as well as boosting my own confidence in my poetry and performance.”

Harry will spend the next year writing and performing poetry around the county under the mentorship of writer Matt Black.

The Young Poet Laureate scheme is part of the Arts Council England-funded Warwickshire Poetry Voices project, run by Warwickshire County Council’s library service.

County council chairman Bob Stevens said: “We congratulate Harry on his well-deserved title. Warwickshire has some extremely talented young poets and this showed in the quality of the finalists who wrote excellent poetry and recited it with great authority at the selection event.”