Poet wins acclaim

Most parents have to drag their kids away from the television, but Brielle Blandford’s parents have to ask her to leave her pencil and paper behind when she comes to the dinner table.

The ardent writer’s long-standing love of words has been rewarded with a Somerset poetry prize in the primary category of the south-east Queensland contest.

The Ballet Dancing Tree is a descriptive poem of the graceful performance of a tree in the wind.

Brielle, a Year 6 student at Sunshine Beach, said the poem was one of her favourites because of her alliterations.

“At dancing lessons there’s a huge tree outside our room and I could see similarities,” the 11-year-old said. “I’ve been writing poems as long as I’ve been writing stories.

“Dad reckons I’ve been writing since the moment I picked up a pencil.

“I think it’s from reading a lot of fact books and story books.”

Her mother, Tracy, said Brielle often presented stories and picture books as Christmas presents.

“She’s a keen reader so I think that’s why she’s developed a really good vocabulary,” Tracy said.

“But she doesn’t think she has a good knack for words or that she’s a good writer.”


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