Off By Heart

Off By Heart

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Last updated: 13 February 2009

Off By Heart was a competition run by the BBC to encourage primary school pupils to engage with learning and reciting poetry. Every primary school in the UK was invited to nominate one pupil, aged 7-11, to take part.

The winner of Off By Heart was announced at the grand final in April 2009.

Watch the regional winners from Wales

Gethin was the winner of the Welsh heats. He will take part in the Off By Heart final in Oxford later in 2009.

Ysgol Glanaethwy's Cefin Roberts

We spoke to Cefin Roberts, the conductor and co-founder of Ysgol Glanaethwy choir, which in 2008 reached the final of the BBC's Last Choir Standing competition.

Cefin, the lead judge for Off By Heart's Welsh heats, discussed the art of poetry recital and storytelling, and explained how to perform in front of an audience.

All films directed by Beccy Leach.


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