A MENSTON schoolgirl is among the winners of a poetry competition who penned verses about Bradford life have now have their entries on display inside 100 local buses.

More than 100 budding bards across the district entered the Love Bradford poetry competition, which was run by the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford in partnership with First West Yorkshire, the Telegraph & Argus and the Kirkgate Shopping Centre.

The aim was to inspire and motivate reluctant writers to do more creative writing.

The winning poems, judged by poet Joolz Denby and National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford manager Imran Hafeez, are now on display as posters inside First buses in Bradford.

There were two categories, one for Year Three to Year Five and the other for Year Six to Year Eight.

Caiomhe Richards, 11, was in St Cuthbert’s and the First Martyrs in Heaton when she entered, but now attends St Mary’s in Menston. Her poem Memories is now on display in 50 buses.

Suma Abdulla, ten, from Dixons Marchbank Primary won her category for the poem Big Beautiful Bradford, also on display in 50 buses.

The poems will be on the buses until mid-October, providing passengers with a poetic take on the city.

The children also won vouchers to spend at Kirkgate Centre and had their poems published in the Telegraph & Argus. Yesterday they performed them to crowds of hundreds at the Love Bradford world record attempt with the competition’s runners up reading their poems after the successful attempt.

Caiomhe said: “I’m really proud to have my poem on the bus. I wrote two drafts but I decided to go with this one. I’m inspired by all the things I see in the city.”

The bus poster also features the chimney of Lister Mills, which Caiomhe she saw every day from her former school.

Mum Siobhan said: “We’re really, really proud of her. We didn’t know about the contest until the teacher told us she had won.”

Her poem looked at the district’s unique character while Suma’s highlighted the sights, sounds and smells of Bradford.

Mr Hafeez said: “The competition allowed the children to have their work published. These young people have come up with some profound things about Bradford that will make your heart swell.”