Teen wins award with poem par excellence

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A garden fork became the inspiration for a Morpeth high school student’s successful poem.

Isabella Redmayne was a North East winner of the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition, a national initiative launched by Routes into Languages.

The King Edward VI School year 10 pupil entered Victoire d’Argent’into the Other Tongue category – participants submit an original poem written in a language that is not the first language spoken by its author.

She said: “I was out in the garden at night and there was a huge moon that shone down on the dew on the grass, creating the most beautiful sparkling effect.

“I then noticed what looked like a hand reaching out from the inside of the garden shed. I had been reading a murder mystery earlier, so I was very paranoid – however, it turned out to be garden fork!

“I wanted to make this experience sound more romantic than it actually was, so what better way than to put it into a poem in French?”