Sarah in the Poetry Please studio
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Young Poetry by Heart competitor to make BBC radio debut

17 March 2014 Last updated at 11:56 GMT

A School Reporter will make her debut appearance on BBC Radio 4, after being recorded when she was in London for the final stages of the Poetry by Heart competition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Sarah, from John Cleveland College in Hinckley, Leicestershire won her regional heat of the competition and, as part of her trip to the capital, she visited BBC Broadcasting House and was recorded for an edition of the Poetry Please programme.

The Poetry by Heart event judges how well students recite three poems from memory.

Sarah did not make it into the National Finals but said: "The competition was an amazing experience. Although I didn't get through, several people commented to me how much my performance had moved them.

"It was a wonderful feeling that I had been able to share with the others the beautiful poetry that has had such an impact on me."