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ASIBA Poetry Competition

ASIBA Poetry Competition 2019 ‘Joy’ 

 ASIBA is  delighted to announce  the results of this year’s poetry competition, ”Joy”.  Congratulations to all the young poets and their mentors.

97 poems from 25 ASIBA schools were read by 15 panels of dedicated, volunteer teachers, to select finalists in each category, Junior (troisième /seconde) and Senior (première / terminale).

Dr Celia O’Donovan, Cambridge Inspector for Language and literature once again agreed to judge the competition, selecting four winning poems in both Junior and Senior categories.  ASIBA is generously sponsoring eight book prizes this year.   Dr O’Donovan remarks:

The interpretations of the theme of Joy were very varied and interesting.  All the winning poems showed a strong personal response to the theme and had considerable impact on me as the reader.  Poetry is defined as ” Literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm”.  These young poets were inspired to write from the heart and to express their feelings and ideas in very individual ways.  They should all be congratulated for their mature use of language and image, but  the Junior poets, in particular, deserve special praise.

Thanks to all the poets, judges and the organiser for this lovely event again this year.


The annual ASIBA Poetry Competition open to all students in a British or Anglophone international section was launched in 2015 around the theme ‘Remembrance’.   The theme for 2016 was  ‘Bridges’ and in 2017 ‘Persuasion’ was chosen to mark Jane Austen’s bicentenary.  The winning poems have been published by ‘The Five One Rev.1ew’ run by former OIB students Olivier and Francois Holmey and can be found at Bridges and Persuasion.  The 2017 theme was Seasons.

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