Amy Strong has won the GDST Laurie Magnus poetry prize for Years 12 and 13 for her poem, November Rain.

Entries were judged by South Hampstead High School alumna Allie Esiri.  Allie Esiri is the creator of apps If Poems, conceived as an educational poetry app for children of all ages, and The Love Book. Both anthologies feature acclaimed actors (Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Watson, Damian Lewis, Bill Nighy, Tom Hiddleston and Helen McCrory) reading poems and are also published in print format. She is the founder of Allie Esiri Poetry Corner, curating events and talks at literary festivals and schools. Her new book ‘A Poem for Every Night of the Year’ was recently published by Macmillan.

Along with her £100 prize, Amy has received this feedback from the judge:  “I was very struck by Amy’s poem – its content, technique and layout all impressed. Congratulations!”

November Rain

Spring- they meet.
Cheeks blush in
pretty pink.
Eyelashes flutter:
shy flirtation.


Summer evenings spent
dancing beneath
a blue-purple sky
embroidered with stars,
wrapped in warm breezes.

Heady infatuation.
Romance drunk on
sweet summer sweat.

Colour seeps from
the last roses,
draining into the soil
like spilled red wine,
leaving cheeks pale.

Empty silence.
Cold indifference.
November rain.

Amy Strong, Year 12