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Kitty, 17, from Docking named Rotary National Young Writer for 2023

A 17-year-old from Docking has been named the Rotary National Young Writer for 2023 for her poem, ‘The Day that Peace Sang’.

Kitty Robinson, who attends Gresham’s school in Holt, won through the local and East Anglian rounds before triumphing in the final.

This year the theme was Peace and entries were invited either as prose or poetry with 57 students from seven local schools taking part. Local winners were Verity Snaith (Hunstanton Glebe House), Max Cawston (Terrington St Clements High) and Kitty.

Winner Kitty Robinson with Roger Raven from Hunstanton and District Rotary
Winner Kitty Robinson with Roger Raven from Hunstanton and District Rotary

In the East Anglia round Verity was placed second, Max was highly commended and Kitty was the winner.

Presenting Kitty with her award, Hunstanton Rotary president Roger Raven said: “You have done yourself, your family and Norfolk proud. This is a tremendous achievement, and you should be rightly proud of your award.”

The Day that Peace Sang by Kitty Robinson

Peace rose its voice

The day the guns began to fade.

And watched its sweet melodic

Notes drift upwards on a breath of


A breath of hope which quelled the

Burning angers of this world,

And choked our wicked actions

With a silence -

That day,

The fields of conflict

Were birthed anew,

And flowers grew, where soldiers lay

Upon a ground of fought-on clay

Like crimson blood from seeping wounds

Pooling at the feet of unmarked tombs.

The seeds were blown on that breath of hope.

Coughed into azure smokeless skies

And taking root in hearts and minds

Until the world was singing.

The Day That Peace Sang (II)


If only peace had known

What was to come.

That its seeds had planted roots in hearts and minds,

Morphing into fat tumours of Mourning tears For the world we could have had.

Mourning tears, Not blossoms.

For we would not be told,

Could not be told.

Of Vietnam

And Afghanistan,

Of Biafra and Israel,

Iraq, Syria and The Ukraine

And countless more.

Of guns, and bombs

And burning Napalm

Of the tear-blurred piercing


Which filled the world.



And we were sold a lie,

That peace was ‘indestructible’.

And so the world is crying.

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