29 June 2017
Lucy Creasey, a pupil at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, was surprised and delighted when she discovered she had won Divine Chocolate’s 15th annual poetry competition.
The scheme, in association with Christian Aid, is designed to spark children’s creativity and take people on a voyage of discovery through the world of chocolate, cocoa farmers, Fairtrade and literature.
Lucy’s poem, Sharing Tastes Divine, is inspired by Ghanaian farmers and looks at how chocolate appeals to each of our five senses.
She said: “I’ve entered competitions like this before and never won anything, so it was really exciting. I think my mum was surprised too – she couldn’t stop smiling. I enjoyed writing it. I had to look up different words to make it more interesting, so I learned new words along the way. I read quite a lot, especially travel books. I want to go everywhere. I’d love to go to Costa Rica because I really like the wildlife and I think Ghana would be very interesting.”
Lucy, 14, is planning to write short stories in the summer holidays for her sister to illustrate. Along with a book token, a stash of delicious chocolate and two novels by one of the competition judges, Laura Dockrill, Lucy’s prize includes her poem being recorded by the author for Divine’s website.
Nick Meek, Head of Geography at HMSG, said: “Lucy has been learning about Fairtrade and Ghana as part of her geography course, so this tied in really well. I am a firm believer in competitions and related activities. I advertise all geography-related competitions to the school community because they offer extension activities and challenge pupils to explore new issues and places.”