Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2013-14
Lamorna Tregenza Reid
Lamorna Tregenza Reid (age 12) was the youngest Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2013-2014.
A pupil at Mounts Bay Academy, Penzance, Lamorna's first Literary achievement was the Young Wyvern Award in 2011. As part of the Poetry on the Lake celebrations that October, she read at Lake Orta with Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy.
As a Foyle Young Poet, Lamorna has been mentored by the Costa-winning writer Ann Kelley. In 2013 she was long-listed for the Radio 2 '500 Words' Competition, came third in the KEAP Charles Causley Poetry Competition for Cornish schools, and second in the Mounts Bay Rotary Club writing competition.
Apart from writing, Lamorna enjoys reading, debating, photography, art and a variety of sports including netball, tennis and running.
For the past year, you’ve been a Foyle Young Poet. How did it feel to win this exciting opportunity?
Words don't quite do it justice! I was delighted - as were my friends and family - but I was also extremely surprised. I knew how prestigious the competition was and I wasn't even expecting to be shortlisted.
What have you learned during the year?
The idea of reading at the Royal Festival Hall in front of an audience of over two hundred people seemed daunting at first but I learnt a lot about myself from this experience and I came out of it more confident and more willing to step outside my comfort zone.
I also cherished the five weeks of mentoring sessions I had with Ann Kelley as she taught me some valuable lessons about the literary world and helped to expand my knowledge of poets, novelists and styles of writing.
Who are your favourite poets?
I have grown up surrounded by poetry books, inherited from my mother Vivienne Tregenza (who is also a poet) and grandmother. This has greatly influenced my taste in poetry and I enjoy reading work by poets as diverse as D.H. Lawrence, Sylvia Plath and Wendy Cope. Recently I read Love's Labours, a first collection by a Cornish poet, Zeeba Ansari, which was beautifully written and crafted and included some very moving poems.
What are you ambitions for the future?
Becoming an author is definitely a dream of mine and I would love to become internationally recognised through poetry or through novel writing. However, I am also interested in history and languages - who knows what the future will hold?!
Thank you Lamorna. Here is her winning poem:
Notes on a Piano
In the candlelight of a foreign house,
A woman serenades Mozart, Strauss.
She caresses her instrument's fading keys,
Like she caresses the child who sits on her knee.
In the speckled light of a tree strewn yard,
A man sheds a tear to the strains of Die Nacht.
He plants a lily, as fragile as bone,
Like his mother's kisses by the piano at home.