Ellon lad scoops top poetry accolade

An Ellon Academy pupil has scooped up an award at the Foyle Poetry Competition.

S2 pupil, Magnus Dixon, was one of the fifteen selected winners out of nearly 7,500 entrants.

Magnus Dixon, with his mum, Corine

Magnus Dixon, with his mum, Corine

Friends and teachers gathered to celebrate with Magnus at the school last week.

Magnus, 13, got a big shock when he found he had been selected as one of the winners.

He told the Times: “I am very happy, I wasn’t expecting it.”

As part of an English project at school, Magnus had to write a poem and he decided to write about his passion - sailing.

After Magnus shown his poem, titled, “I am...”, to Angie Fraser, Principal for the Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust, he decided to dive in and enter the competition.

Over 7000 applicants from 75 countries took part, but Magnus impressed the judges and was announced as one of the fifteen winners in September.

His English teacher at the time, Mrs Fiddes, and current teacher, Mrs Brown said that Magnus is a very capable pupil.

Mrs Brown said: “He is delightful to teach, anything he writes is so descriptive, he’s got a real breadth of knowledge. His vocabulary is fantastic.”

Mrs Duncan added: “Magnus is so enthusiastic about his sailing and makes it come across so well in his poem.”

Someone else rather proud of Magnus is his mum, Corine.

She said: “As part of winning, Magnus will receive a place on the Arvon Foundation Writing Course, which takes place in February.”

The talented poet said that while English is his favourite class at school right now he may take the plunge and delve into his hobby of sailing.

Mum, Corine, added: “He has a lot of interests. It’s his choice what he wants to do when he is older.”’