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Young Artists Celebrated in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire Poet Laureate Applications Invited

Written by on 18 June 2024

Young local artists have been celebrated for their impressive creative talents.

A total of 48 winners in the Council’s annual Britain in Bloom children’s art competition have picked up certificates and prizes at a special awards ceremony at Keele Hall.

The theme of this year’s competition – organised as part of the borough’s Newcastle in Bloom campaign – was “Go Bloomin’ Green” to encourage children to think about sustainability and how small changes can make a huge difference to the environment.

There were 659 entries from 12 primary, secondary and special educational needs schools in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The overall winner of the under 10s category is Leo Peel, aged six from Baldwins Gate Primary School, who impressed judges with his depiction of the effects of plastic on our marine life, created using recycled materials. Meanwhile, 10-year-old Nina Huang, from St. Giles’ and St. George’s Academy in Newcastle, won the over 10s section with her dual representation of a world where we care and one where we don’t.

A special prize was presented to Merryfields School for submitting the most winning entries.

Artwork created by all of the winners is currently on temporary display in a shop window at Lancaster Building in Newcastle town centre.

Overall winners Leo Peel and Nina Huang


People from Staffordshire with an interest in poetry are being invited to put themselves forward for one of two roles as Poets Laureate for the county.

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts Service are looking for a new Staffordshire poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate.

The two-year role of Poet Laureate is open to experienced poets aged 18 years or over who live or work in Staffordshire.  The Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate is open to young people aged 14 to 18 and is a one-year position.  Applicants must either live or study in Staffordshire, share a love of poetry and have the enthusiasm to promote it.  The two successful applicants will take up their roles on National Poetry Day on Thursday 3 October 2024.

Current Poet Laureate, Dawn Jutton and Young Poet Laureate, Trinity Davis