Meet the Harton Academy pupil who has become a published poet
A talented South Shields pupil has become a published writer with poems that tackle the issues of climate change and racism.
McKenzie Davies, a Year 9 pupil at Harton Academy, has already had two of his poems published following success in national writing competitions.
Another of McKenzie’s poems has also been published in book ‘SOS Sagas: Missing - The Search Is On’ after entering a competition run by Young Writers.
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A third poem by McKenzie’s called ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, is also due to be published in a book called ‘A Poetry Odyssey - A collection of Verse’ in 2021.
His success follows comes after winning the the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize for Young Writers earlier this year.
The annual competition held at The Customs House, South Shields, was set up in memory of respected writer and former Shields Gazette journalist Terry Kelly, who died in 2016, aged 57.
Harton Academy executive headteacher, Sir Ken Gibson said: “We are all incredibly proud of McKenzie’s exceptional and rare talent and were delighted to hear of his marvellous success in having a number of his poems published.
“He is a delightful young man and I hope he continues to produce such wonderful work”.