Rugby High student performs poetry at No. 10
Elise Scotney recited D.H. Lawrence's Poem 'Peach'
RUGBY High School Sixth-form student Elise Scotney performed poetry by heart at 10 Downing Street on Thursday 7th October 2021.
Elise was Key Stage 4 Champion in the National Poetry By Heart Competition and recited D.H. Lawrence's Poem 'Peach' at 10 Downing Street in celebration of National Poetry Day.
The year 12 student from Rugby High School recited the poem alongside other previous Poetry by Heart competition finalists in front of Nadhim Zahawi, the Secretary of State for Education, and British Poet Lemn Sissay.
Elise Scotney said: "The whole experience was remarkably surreal. I'm so appreciative of the once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter such a culturally significant building. I'm also very grateful for the time Nadhim Zahawi took to make the afternoon so memorable; the conversation we were able to have about my performance is something I'll cherish forever. It was certainly a day I'll never forget!"
The event took place in the Pillared Room at Downing Street – an ornate space filled with original paintings and a golden ceiling.
Before heading to No. 10, the young finalists explored the plaques and monuments of Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.