First Prize for Poet Ava

On Saturday 13th May, Year 7 Poet Ava Mounsey was awarded First Prize in the Secondary Poetry category at the Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature!

Ava was awarded her certificate at the Prize Presentation Event in Fowey Parish Church for her poem The Silence of the Quay, with an opportunity to perform it to an audience and take part in a special poetry workshop.

On the day, Judges said of Ava’s poem: “The Silence of the Quay is an atmospheric poem that contrasts the silence and noises of the quay using rhythm and imagery that draws us into the poem. From the moon waking in the evening we travel through the night to hear the birds and then the noisy town waking.”

Judges received 523 entries from young people across Cornwall of pictures, poems and short stories – all based on the theme of ‘The Quay’ – and Ava’s prize saw her take first place out of 59 Secondary School poem entries.

The winning pictures, poems and short stories were displayed in the Fowey Parish Church during the Festival.

Mr Larham said: “I am very proud of and delighted at Ava’s success in poetry at this high level. Her poem is wonderful and so many people from all backgrounds commented on it at the festival. She has a bright literary future ahead of her.”

For more information on poetry at Penrice, see Poetry Club leaders Mr Larham and Mr Jackson.

The Silence of the Quay, by Ava Mounsey (Year 7)

As the moon wakes, the town sleeps.

The quay plunged into darkness.

Boats knock helplessly against crumbling walls,

Crying for attention lacking for years,

Then the silence. The silence of the Quay.


Seagulls travel back to nests,

Buoys fight against the urge to sink

Their bright colours hidden behind the mud,

The midnight owls calling for prey.

Then the silence. The silence of the Quay.


In the distances sounds

Of people in the pub, shouting, screaming

Loud music emerges from old cars

as they move like snails through the winding streets.

Then the silence. The silence of the Quay.


Now the birds are waking up from their deep slumber,

feathers rustling as they sing their song.

Engines growl as they wake, the town starts to fill.

Shutters begin to rise and shops open.

Then the noise. The noise of the Quay.

Well done also to Emily Wakeham and Cali Sage from Year 9 and Katherine Lee from Year 10 whose entries were also highly commended on the day.