Brigid Davidson, 11

A DYSLEXIC youngster has won first prize in a national poetry competition.

Sibford School pupil Brigid Davidson, 11, won first place in Charley Boorman’s Poetry Competition, organised by Dyslexia Action as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week.

Children aged four to 14 were asked to write about what reading meant to them, and the first words of the poem had to be, Reading is…

About 200 children entered the competition, organisers said.

Brigid, from Chipping Norton, said: “I found it really difficult to write the poem and didn’t think I stood a chance.

“It was a real shock when the competition people rang to say I’d won. It was really exciting.”

As part of the top three winners’ prizes, adventurer Charley has been filmed reading their poems and this footage is now available to view on Dyslexia Action’s website (but I couldn’t locate this).

 Reading is a twisting turning path

With lots of obstacles I must pass

Why does it have to be so hard

To even read my birthday card

Words are like leaves on a steady breeze

Scattering all around me

But here comes the deadly mist

That I must read my spelling list