Press Packer Karina
Press Packer Karina won an international poetry competition.
Her poem was chosen over thousands of others from around the world.
"It all started in June, when a poet read in our class. She gave us all the inspiration to write, and as we enjoyed it so much, our teacher asked us to write a poem for the Foyle Young Poets of the year competition 2009.
In September, my teacher sent for me and gave me the good news that I had been selected as one of 15 overall winners. There had been over 14,000 entries from 50 countries.
I was very excited as I met up with the other Foyle Young Poet winners for the prize-giving ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
A nervous wait
Karina reading her poem out
We first had a performance workshop with Lemn Sissay and then the press took our photos.
At the ceremony, the winners' names were read out, followed by readings from all the Foyle Young Poets. I was very nervous waiting for my turn.
It was a relief when the ceremony ended and I could go downstairs for the celebrations!
I am definitely going to continue writing poetry."
Karina, 13, Manchester
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