Kingsmeadow Student's Poem Published - May 2020

Last month, two Year 8 Kingsmeadow students received recognition for their poems submitted to the ‘Out of Bounds’ Poetry Project, a national poetry competition for young writers. Now, Ruby Guilfoyle’s poem ‘In My Country’ has been published in one of Scotland’s Sunday newspapers.


The head judge of the competition, and award-winning writer Jackie Kay, was so impressed with Ruby’s work, which came third overall, that she published it in her regular column in which she chooses her favourite pieces of poetry each week. She said:

“I love the way it captures the relationship between a granddaughter and grandfather, and how much of that relationship is fuelled by the imagination. I love the Proustian maturity in the last lines of the poem, the sense of time fading. For grandparents up and down the country missing their grandchildren, this crisis has unleashed an anxiety about time fading, too – about old people losing so much precious time with their families.” - Jackie Kay


The full article can be found HERE.

We hope more of Kingsmeadow’s students can use Ruby’s amazing achievement as inspiration to produce even more inspired and original pieces of creative writing! Please see a copy of Ruby’s poem below.

Ruby Guilfoyle, In my country

I remember the smiles and the endless laughter

The blurred feet of my baby cousin

Camouflaged in the jungle at our feet

The daisies that towered as we pretended

Playing around the flowerbeds

Like little pixies floating through the summer air.

I remember the age I spent in awe as my grandad

Built the foundations of my imagination

I can tell you the exact shade of bright red

The rustic scent of the painted wood

The slick feeling of the paint on my fingertips.

It took me anywhere and everywhere

I remember the ‘five more minutes’

As we flew through the air

Jumping higher and higher

Striving for the sky

Only to land again

In a circle of blue reality.

As childhood fades away

Left in Grandad’s garden.



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