Maya makes the grade in Haiku contest

Maya Knight winner of an Off the Shelf Poetry competion
Maya Knight winner of an Off the Shelf Poetry competion

HAVING a go proved a winner for Maya Knight, aged eight, when she

entered the Have a Go at Haiku competition organised by the Off the Shelf and Galvanize Festival of Contemporary Metal and supported by the Sheffield Telegraph.

Poet Jackie Kay judged the competition and chose Maya’s from more than 100 entries. The competition was for both adults and children of all ages and Maya was the youngest entrant.

The Hunters Bar Junior School pupil’s entry, entitled Natasha, was written for her good friend of the same name, also aged eight, who lives in Brighton.

She was inspired to write it after Natasha wrote a poem for her which went on to win the 2009-10 East Sussex poetry competition, the theme of which was ‘heroes and heroines’.

Maya’s prize was a book token and a trinket box made by Sheffield makers Wentworth Pewter Limited and inscribed with her winning words.

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BARRY RICHARDSON