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Young Poet Laureate puts love of Birmingham into words

Car Hire Birmingham Airport workers are proud of the poem written by the young poet laureate about life in their city.

The young Poet Laureate from Birmingham has set the literary scene alight with her dynamic words.  Lauren is a local resident and has written a thought-provoking poem to represent the spirit of the Pride of Birmingham Awards, which are taking place Friday 26th September.

She has been writing ever since she was a primary school pupil. In the poem, the teenage writer weaves together the city’s diversity, multiculturalism, history, landmarks and hopes for the future.

Lauren, who is studying for her A-levels, said “I’m a proud Brummie, and I was inspired by everything around me.”

The teenager lists author Maya Angelou as one of her literary heroes, and cites playwright Oscar Wilde for his wit and insight. And, despite the technological lure of iPads, tablets, mobile phones and games consoles, Lauren says nothing beats a good book.

She added, “Reading a book can transport you to another place. You can experience different things. A good book opens your mind and broadens your world. If more people read books, not only would it open their mind but it would also give them the opportunity to express themselves differently.”

Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureates are chosen annually and are aged between 11 and 17. They help to promote reading and poetry among other young people across the city.