TEENAGE wordsmith Lydia Eccleston is celebrating after becoming a published poet.
The talented South Cheshire College student, from Trentham, has gained national recognition after two of her pieces were published in poetry books.
One of the 17-year-old’s verses – ‘Beautiful Addiction’ – made the National Poetry Anthology while ‘Blood Black and Truth Blue’ was published in poetry book ‘Between The Lines’ after winning a competition run by United Press.
Lydia, above, told how her love for poetry began at her former high school – St John Fisher Catholic College in Newcastle.
She added: “I received a letter to say I’d won and they also said that they like ‘Beautiful Addiction’ so much that they wanted it to be in the National Poetry Anthology.
“I’ve always been creative and liked writing stories, and somehow I found a flair for writing poems.
“I started to find it really interesting whenever we did poetry at high school and that has obviously heightened now I study it at college – I read poetry all the time. Everyone has a way of expressing themselves – be that crying, being angry or not eating – but my way is to write a poem to describe my feelings.”
Lydia added: “I don’t tend to follow a style but I’ve tended to write shorter poems with alternate rhymes.
“However, I’ve found that the more emotional the poem is, the more blank verse I use and there is less rhyming.”
The teenager currently studies English literature, English language and philosophy, and wants to work in publishing. She said: “I’d also love to get my own poetry book published and be a poet but I’ll go to university first to study English and try to get work in the publishing industry.
“Hopefully this will give me a pathway to release my first book or anthology, we’ll have to see.”
Father Norman Eccleston, aged 54, of Mow Cop, said his daughter’s enthusiasm has been infectious.
He said: “When she was younger she began to get into reading books.
“Once she became engrossed in reading a lot of books, her interest in English grew rapidly, which gave her a lot of creativity in the amount of writing styles she experienced.”
Mr Eccleston added: “Her poetry was very interesting when I first saw it and I was actually surprised at how good it was. As a parent I was very impressed.
“At that age it’s something that can create a ripple effect, where you get a bit of success then put more effort in and it creates this momentum.
“I think it’s spurred her on now and given her a lot of confidence.
“It’s been a great thing for Lydia and I was absolutely amazed and so pleased for her.”