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16th Aug, 2022

Poetry in motion as Rhianna made youngest Laureate

Ryan Smith 25th Jun, 2022

RHIANNA Levi has become the youngest ever Worcestershire Poet Laureate at just 23 years old.

The competition saw Rhianna and the other applicants asked by Lit Fest to submit two poems, with one centred around the theme of regeneration.

She then attended an online meet and greet with a judging panel where she answered questions and spoke about what poetry means to her.

Rhianna found out that she had won the title on June 12 at Worcester’s Swan Theatre foyer and bar after performing her two submitted poems and describing her objectives during her tenure, followed by individual judges’ interviews.

Rhianna studied English Literature at the University of Worcester as well as qualifying as a secondary English teacher through a PGCE.

Rhianna will be studying a masters and work as a cover teacher alongside her new role.

Her duties will now involve attending and organising events and workshops across the county and she is already in talks with a range of businesses to help achieve this.

She also aims to help local charities with fund-raising, including the Worcestershire cancer and palliative care units that looked after her father Stephen before he passed away in 2020.

Rhianna said: “I was exceptionally shocked when I won as I was up against such amazing competition.

“Being the youngest ever poet laureate makes this even more special for me as it means that I can be a voice for young writers as well as Worcestershire.

“Poetry is not only an art form but a life force for many and gives people a voice by spreading awareness of social issues and bringing people together.”

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