A student from Wythall has been announced as the youngest ever Young Poet Laureate for Worcestershire.
Rachel Evans, 13, who attends Woodrush High in Wythall, saw off strong competition from 10 other finalists to take the 2018 title with her poems 'NATO' and 'Prisoner: DF8421'.
The delighted youngster said: "The final was unbelievable. I met so many different people whose poems were about such different things that I didn't want to leave by the end of it. I heard my name and I was speechless. I am the youngest ever Poet Laureate and that smashed my doubts completely. I am so excited to be added to a list of such successful and passionate young poets and hope that I am, someday, as successful as they have been".
The judges included outgoing Young Poet Laureate Oakley Flanagan, who was alongside current Birmingham Poet Laureate 'The Poet with Punch' Matt Windle and Gail O'Malley from Worcestershire County Council's Children Families and Communities Directorate.
All finalists were presented a certificate by Hannah Needham, Assistant Director for Children, Families and Communities at Worcestershire County Council.
Catherine Driscoll, Director of Children's, Families and Communities, who presented the winning trophy, said: "It was a real honour to be part of the selection process of the Young Poet Laureate for Worcestershire 2018 and to see first-hand the incredible talent and passion for poetry that the county's young people have. Well done to all involved."
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, added: "The young people of Worcestershire, entrants and finalists should be really proud of their efforts in this year's competition. The event continues to go from strength to strength and always brings a smile to the faces of all involved."
Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate competition, run by the Libraries & Learning Service and Arts Service, is an annual poetry competition for young people aged 13-19, designed to encourage young people to express themselves through poetry and to support the development of young poet talent across the County. During their reign the winner of Young Poet Laureate will write and perform five commissions to a variety of audiences and will be an advocate for poetry, particularly amongst young people. Performance coaching is available to all finalists and additional mentoring is available to the winner.