The 13-year-old Syrian refugee who became a prizewinning poet

Updated: Jan 29, 2019

by Killian Fox for The Guardian

A year after learning to speak English, Amineh Abou Kerech has won this year’s Betjeman prize. She tells us how she found her voice.

"I take words from anywhere,” says Amineh Abou Kerech, moments after winning the 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize for 10- to 13-year-olds last week. “I take them from songs and films, from what I see on the computer or the television. And I put them all together.”

Photograph: Antonio Olmos for the Observer
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