Edinburgh Libraries recently played host to the East and Fife regional finals of the inaugural ‘Poetry by Heart’ competition organised by the Scottish Poetry Library.
The contestants (winners and runner’s up from their school heats), came from Fettes College and Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh and Dunfermline High School in Fife.
After watching the students performing 2 poems each, learned by heart and chosen from a set list of pre and post 1914 poetry, the judges, who included performance poet Rachel McCrum, had to make the agonising decision of who would be going to the grand final at the end of March.
It was desperately close but in the end the two going forward were Emily Heseltine from Fettes (runner up) and Meghan-Rose McKee from Dunfermline (winner).
Our congratulations to them both and to all the finalists for their wonderful performances and a memorable evening.