11th Juni 2010
Masters student's winning poem hits the right note
A poem that evokes childhood memories of listening to the distinctive sound of a tuning fork has won a student poetry competition.
Ruby Robinson's poem, Tuning Fork, picked up the top prize at the annual Sheffield Hallam University student poetry competition. Ruby, a creative writing masters student, was awarded £100 of Blackwell's book tokens and will have her poem displayed at the University.
Ruby, from Meersbrook in Sheffield, said: "I was delighted that my poem was chosen and will now be displayed for people to read. It's really encouraging that Sheffield Hallam takes creative writing and the other arts seriously and gives these subjects time and credit. I'm looking forward to the chance to take part in the judging of next year's competition."
Fellow creative writing student Rosemary Badcoe, from Lodge Moor, won second prize for her poem Discovering your Shape, while third place went to international student Francisco José Ribeiro Lopes dos Santos, for his While the Birds Still Flying. They received £60 and £40 worth of book tokens respectively.
Rosemary said: "I was thrilled to be a prizewinner, and I am delighted that the University is keen to display poetry and art around its buildings."
Francisco said: “I am glad my poem reflected the strength that I wanted to communicate.”
The students were awarded their prizes by Clive Macdonald, director of Student and Learning Services, at an event held in the University's Furnival Gallery on Arundel Street during the Creative Spark exhibition.
The annual poetry competition is in its third year and is open to all Sheffield Hallam University Students.