Lauren Coffey is a pupil at Handford Hall County Primary in Ipswich, Suffolk. She was nine years old when she wrote the poem. Her teacher is John Lynch. The poem won a major award in the 1993 W H Smith Young Writers Competition and is published in the anthology, My Hand is Elastic, published last week by Pan Macmillan ( pounds 4.99). Barry Turrell's poem 'Lauren' will be published tomorrow.
For copyright reasons we are not able to provide the full text of the poem on this database. Following are the details of the publication in which it appears.