AT four-years-old Ella Leigh Johanna Foster must be one of the youngest poets in Mansfield.
Ella has beaten competition from more than 14,000 other children at 800 schools and nurseries to win the national Young Writers competition.
She attends Whizzkidds play group in Nottingham, one of the many schools and nurseries where the competition is run, and was just three when she took part.
Ella’s mum Lisha Foster said: “I felt proud and happy, a bit overwhelmed. Ella had never entered something like that before. Ella was shocked at first, then excited she had won a medal.”
Entrants had to write a poem entitled ‘My Day At...’, which could be about a day they enjoyed anywhere in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas.
Ella wrote about a day out with her mum and friends, with details of where she went, what she did and what she ate during the adventure.
Talented Ella won the competition with her poem and received a medal and certificate as part of her prize.
Now Ella’s poem, along with six other poems from children at her play group, is being featured in the book ‘My Day At Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’ which will be published on 31st August.
The book was created to complement ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Objectives’ as a fun introduction to poetry and rhyme for young children.
Lisha hopes her daughter’s achievement will encourage other parents and carers to get their young children involved in writing as it is so important in their development.
For nearly two decades, Young Writers has worked with schools to run annual nationwide competitions, promoting poetry and creative writing to children.
Poet Ian Walton, founder of Young Writers, uses the company as ‘the bridge between poem and publication’ and is determined to give every child the opportunity to see their work in print.
For the particular competition that Ella took part in, a template was provided for nursery age children as their ‘first example of poetry and writing a creative piece’.
This provided guidance for the children but still allowed them to exercise their imagination.
Anyone interested in purchasing either of the books for their child can visit the Young Writers website at www.youngwriters.co.uk or order them from any bookshop.