POETRY champs were honoured at an annual award ceremony on Wearside.
Members of the Northumbrian Association, which organises the Young Writer’s Competition, said they have been flooded with entries for the popular event.
Since its launch in 2004, it has gone from strength to strength, attracting a wealth of talent and now also featuring an award for best Adult Writer.
On Wednesday, 12-year-old Jade Nairn and Philip Chambers, 64, picked up honours at a ceremony in the historic surroundings of Washington Old Hall, in Washington Village.
Jade, from Killingworth, North Tyneside, said she was “surprised and happy” to win the award for her poem, “Angel of the North”.
“It is the first time I’ve won an award like this,” said the George Stephenson High School pupil. I’m really proud.”
South Shields-born Philip, who took his inspiration from the Lawe Top harbour views in writing “Still of the Tyne”, also said he was overjoyed to be handed the honour.
“I’m really pleased to have won the award,” said the retired lecturer, who now lives in Worcester.
“I only started to write seriously about a year ago,”
Dawn Bentley, a Northumbrian Association committee member, said she was overwhelmed by the volume and the high quality of work, which was inspired by the North East.
The charity aims to boost the education of the public in the history and culture of the region.
“In 2012, the Young Writer’s Competition made great headway again with the number of entries that it attracted,” she said.
“We were able to publicise the competition through the local press and many more young writers sent their work into the competition.
“We had outstanding writing this year.
“Sentence structure, imagery, use of extended vocabulary and the understanding of their audience was seen in many pieces of writing.
“We had so many more pieces of writing due to the fact that the information regarding the competition had a wider platform than in previous years and the children responded to this.
“It is wonderful to see that young people still take pride in their own culture and heritage.”