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Posted: 20/04/15

Poetry in motion at engineering centre

A prize poetry competition has revealed literary talents among students at West Nottinghamshire College’s engineering centre.

Kerry Simpson, deputy principal Patricia Harman and Bradley George

The competition was launched by the Learning Resource Centres in conjunction with World Poetry Day in March and was open to all staff and students.

Twelve entries were received, and the winning and highly commended students – both studying engineering at the college – were presented with their certificates on Friday (17 April) by deputy principal Patricia Harman.

The winning learner entry came from 30-year-old Kerry Simpson who studies on the Diploma in Vehicle Fitting Principles at the Engineering Innovation Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Her untitled poem described the emotions and feelings of a young girl which was inspired by her friend and earned her a £20 book voucher.

Kerry said: “I’ve been writing poetry since I was 13 and I wrote this on the spur of the moment really about someone I know. I will be giving the voucher to my friend who inspired my writing.”

The highly commended poem was penned by 18-year-old Bradley George who studies the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering at the Engineering Innovation Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. His poem entitled Complete Satisfaction describes the sleepy, tranquil world of one of his cats.

Bradley said: “It was late at night I was watching the cat sleeping and my poem came to me then. I’ve not written a poem since school days so it was good to be recognised for this writing.”

Meanwhile the winning staff entry came from IT and learning resources assistant Paula Hyde whose poem I Love London reflected her passion for the city’s sights and sounds.