A HEREFORD Sixth Form student was commended at a prestigious international poetry competition.

Nia Bolland was one of a handful of young commended poets to be selected at the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Awards, organised by the Poetry Society,

The competition is one of the largest literary competitions in the world and has kickstarted the careers of some of today's established poets.

Nia said: "I was overjoyed when I got the phone call as I have been entering the Foyle Young Poet Award for years because it’s the best young person’s poetry competition there is. It’s such a privilege to be one of the 100 winners and I am excited to be a member of the Poetry Society.”

This year's competition saw 6,000 poets from around the world take part and Nia attended a special ceremony at London's Southbank Centre to celebrate with her fellow winners.

Nia, who studies A-Levels in English Literature, Government and Politics and Modern History, submitted a poem called 'After The Visitation'.

Her work will be published in an online anthology from March 2019 which will be distributed to schools, libraries and reading groups around the country.