Creative writer Eleanor Woodhead has been crowned this year’s Bard in Monmouth School for Girls’ Eisteddfod celebrations.
Eleanor was recognised for her powerful poem which illustrated the freedom of childhood.
The 17-year-old, who represented the Imbert Terry house, said her victory, on Friday 9th March, had been a big surprise.
“The theme this year was freedom and my poem was a bit of nostalgia about being a child again,” she said.
“You can get away with most things when you’re young and you think you can do anything. My poem was about trying to reclaim that part of childhood.”
The annual Eisteddfod is one of the highlights of the academic year at Monmouth and it was due to be celebrated with a full programme of activities on St David’s Day.
However, heavy snowfall forced its postponement and the House Choir and Blue Riband elements will now take place later this month.
Flautists welcomed pupils into the Crowning of the Bard assembly with Handel’s Water Music, and Director of Music, Mrs Amy Clouter, played Men of Harlech on the piano.
Eleanor is currently writing a sci-fi-horror book based on post-apocalyptic events.
She added: “My win was a complete surprise and the ceremony was amazing. One of my best friends was crowned the Bard last year, so to win it in front of the whole school in 2018 is a tremendous honour.”