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Thursday 04 October 2018

Betjeman Poetry Prize

As part of the National Poetry Day celebrations, St Pancras International announced 12 year-old Ide Crawford, as the winner of the 12th Betjeman Poetry Prize, and the station’s fourth ‘St Pancras Laureate’.

Led by John Betjeman’s granddaughter – and Prize Director - Imogen Lycett Green, and judged by poet Scottish poet laureate and co-judge and poet, Zaffar Kunial, the annual Betjeman Poetry Prize attracts around 3,000 entries per year from talented 10-13 year olds across the UK, all competing to impress the judges with their poetry writing skills.

Thousands of entries were whittled down to a shortlist of just seven young hopefuls, who read their work aloud beneath the station’s famous statue of Sir John Betjeman. The celebrity-attended Betjeman Poetry Prize award ceremony saw last year’s winner, Amineh Abou Kerech, congratulate Ide Crawford on their achievement. Other guests included Penny Mortimer, Nell Dunn, Lauren Child and John Lyons, who gathered to listen to the impressive poetry from some of the country’s youngest poets.