PURE announces WildVerse poetry competition winners


PURE is pleased to announce the winners of the second WildVerse poetry competition, which was launched earlier this year in conjunction with RSPB Wildlife Explorers, Fun Kids radio station, and Reading for Life.

The winning poems were selected from over 1800 entries by Lauren St John, author of Blue Peter’s Book of the Year 2011 – Dead Man’s Cove and patron of the Born Free foundation.The poems will be recorded by pupils from Woolenwick Infants School in Stevenage and will be played out on Fun Kids radio station between the 27th and 31st December 2011. The recordings will also be available on the RSPB Audioboo channel, the Fun Kids iTunes podcast channel and the PURE Lounge radio and media portal (www.thelounge.com) and PURE’s range of internet radios.

Lauren St John says: “The standard is quite astonishingly high, especially in the Under 8s category. How heartening that children of that age are producing such inspired, moving and literate work. Amazing.”

Thomas, age seven from London, was the overall winner in the under eights category with his poem, ‘Not an Otter Spotter’ about his otter spotting encounter, while Ian, age thirteen from West Lothian, won the over eights category with his poem entitled ‘The Kingfisher’.

Runners up in the under eights category included: ’Lockerbie Woods’ by Alasdair  (6) from Lockerbie, ‘My Autumn Friend’ by Joseph (6) from Thatcham, ‘Barden Lake’ by Lizzie (6) from Tonbridge and ‘The Compton Buzzard’ by Rosa (6)from Guildford. Runners up in the over eights category included: Flames of Green Epipactis Sancta by Aidan (12) from Thirsk, The Miniature World by Ellen (11) from Worthing, Urban Mission, Patrick (13) from Manchester and Phil the Pheasant by Olivia (10) from Portglenone.

The main winners will receive a PURE Sensia internet-connected digital radio with colour touchscreen and the runners up will receive a PURE ONE Flow internet radio so they can hear their winning poems being played on-air.

To listen to the winning poems,  listen to Fun Kids on digital or internet radio between the 27th and 31st December 2011. We will host the audio on the PURE Lounge (www.thelounge.com) in the New Year.