Student gets cream in cat art contest at Bourne Academy

Katie-Anais Clarkson of Spalding with her winning cat collage at Bourne Academy.
Katie-Anais Clarkson of Spalding with her winning cat collage at Bourne Academy.

A children’s poet made the day of Bourne Academy student Katie-Anais Clarkson (11) after she won a cat art competition as part of a poetry workshop.

Katie-Anais, of Spalding, had her cat picture chosen by poet Rachel Rooney whose book The Language of Cat was given to students to read and then draw pictures from over the summer.

“I am very surprised and happy to have won the competition,” Katie-Anais said.

“I really enjoyed making the cat collage which took me a couple of days to do.”

Rachel said: “The visit was wonderful and it was so pleasing to go into a school that values and encourages poetry.

” I feel honoured that Bourne Academy my book, The Language of Cat, as the initial platform for this and the students came up with some stunning writing during the poetry workshop.

“I was also asked to judge the cat collage competition and was struck by the wide variety of entries, as well as the enthusiasm of the students.

“They were all very imaginative and it was very hard to choose one winner, so much so that the winning entry from Katie-Anais was initially overlooked by me as it was a subtle design.

“On closer inspection, however, I noticed the fine detail involved as it was meticulously snipped away at and overlapped. “It was a cat that I felt compelled to linger over and stroke and the collage itself was created with obvious care and precision - much like a poem itself.”