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Thorpe St Andrew pupils' poetry to be read by thousands

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:39 02 July 2010

Prize-winning young library poet Sophie Murgatroyd, centre, with runners-up, from left, Livie Armes, Lily Pace, Sophie Crisp and Genevieve Pascal

Prize-winning young library poet Sophie Murgatroyd, centre, with runners-up, from left, Livie Armes, Lily Pace, Sophie Crisp and Genevieve Pascal

Matthew Sparkes

What would happen if every single car in the world disappeared one night without a trace?

How would people get themselves to school or work and what changes would it make to our society?

What would happen if every single car in the world disappeared one night without a trace?

How would people get themselves to school or work and what changes would it make to our society?

It is almost impossible to imagine, but that is exactly what children across the county were asked to do in the Zero Car(bon) creative writing competition.

A wide range of entries were allowed, including poems, short stories, screenplays and even power point presentations, and the winning pieces will be displayed at every library in the county.

And yesterday five girls from Thorpe St Andrew School took the top spots in the Norfolk County Council challenge and got the chance to show their work to thousands.

They were presented with certificates at St Williams Way Library, in Thorpe St Andrew, by staff from the council's planning and transportation department and shown a display featuring their poems.

Sophie Murgatroyd, 13, was overall winner, while classmates Livie Armes, Genevieve Pascal, Lily Pace and Sophie Crisp were all runners-up.

Winner Sophie wrote her poem about how peaceful and friendly it would be if everyone walked instead of drove.

She said that she found it “really sad” to see people cooped up in cars when they could be in the fresh air, and that the world would be a nicer place without polluting vehicles.

“If it's possible for them to cycle then people should give up their cars,” she said.

“I walk to school; it's a nice walk. It's nice to be out in the fresh air.”

Sophie was not sure if she would have a car in the future, but admitted: “I don't think I'd be very good at driving one.”

She said that people were “so used to being in cars they don't really realise its easy to walk.”

Judging the more than 100 entries to the competition was Josie Barnett, senior travel plan officer at Norfolk County Council.

She said: “Sophie captured all the positive aspects about a world without cars.

“In her short poem, Sophie has created a vision of a new world with increased quality of life through reduction of traffic noise, harmful emissions and an increase in social contact and friendly community,” she said.

We're looking for talented wordsmiths to contribute to The Evening News's Poets' Corner, which appears every day on the letters page.

Send your offerings to Poets' Corner, Evening News, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE, or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

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