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Here comes the next Bard of Scotland

Prize winners: Left to right Jamie Clarke, Greg Robson, Provost Helen Oswald  and Freya Morison.

Prize winners: Left to right Jamie Clarke, Greg Robson, Provost Helen Oswald and Freya Morison.

Scotland was at the heart of the Tartan Treasures Poetry Competition which kicked of the Tartan Day Festival with a bonnie prize-giving on April 4.

For Scotland’s Year of Homecoming amateur poets were asked to write a poem explaining what Scotland meant to them.

From over 100 entries the short listed poems were judged anonymously by the Provost of Angus, Councillor Helen Oswald, published poet Kevin Reid and former MP and MSP Andrew Welsh.

“Choosing the winning poems from so many entries of such a very high standard proved extremely difficult,” said the Provost of Angus.

The event was at House of Dun, home of one of Angus’ most celebrated poets, Violet Jacob, where guests and finalists watched the poems being read by professional storytellers.

“Listening to these wonderful poems in the surroundings which so inspired Violet Jacob was incredibly memorable,” continued the Mrs Oswald.

Jamie McRonald from Grange Primary School, Monifieth won with his poem ‘What Scotland Means To Me’.

Greg Robson from Arbroath High School, for ‘Passing Thoughts’. Brodie MacIntosh of Rosemount Primary School, Montrose, Freya Morison of Friockheim Primary School and Jamie Clarke of Arbroath Academy were all highly commended.

The lucky wordsmiths were presented with a Kindle Fire.

The poets will appear in the local Angus County Press newspapers and will be featured on the Tartan Day Scotland facebook page.

 

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