Local lad gets prize from Poet Laureate

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RECENTLY we reported that 12-year-old Harris Porter, an S1 pupil at Montrose Academy, had won the Young Poet competition which was jointly organised by The Times and iF Poems.

Harris has now been presented with his prize at the Cheltenham Literary Festival by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

She is a Glaswegian who graduated from the University of Liverpool.

Harris, who won the age seven to 12 category, thought it would be a good idea to enter a poem written in Scots as it might stand out from the others.

The poem itself was based on a walk that Harris and his Granny had taken up the Caterthuns.

Harris used a Scots Dictionary to source some of the more unusual words in the poem.

He would like to write more poetry in the future if he can fit it in around his favourite hobbies of football and golf!

And here’s the winning poem.

A Journey

I struggled up the brae, the win’ and rain soughing haird in ma face,

Frichtened bauties skittered intae the heather as I passed.

Twa craws were fechting ower the harigals o some pare crater,

like weans ower a poke o’ sweeties.

But then the sun broke through the cloods,

and the douce song o’ a laverock filled me wi’ gledness.