WEST Yorkshire's first-ever Young Poet Laureates have been revealed following a search to discover and celebrate a new generation of creative talent in the region.    

Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, spearheaded the initiative with National Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and the National Literacy Trust.

Hundreds of schools took part and, after listening to 16 shortlisted poets, the Mayor and Mr Armitage selected Isabelle Walker as the winner in the secondary school category.

Her personal poem, entitled Muse, was inspired by the relationship with her mum.

The talented 15-year-old, who is currently in year ten at Bradford Academy, said: "I see myself as a leader with an aim to help people, so in the future I want to share my abilities to benefit people on a larger scale. 

"I'm quite confident and I want to continue to be confident when I'm older. 

"There's nothing wrong with poetry.

"You shouldn't feel like you need to hold back."

In the younger category, nine-year-old Alina Brdar won with her rhyming poem, Mr Callaghan's Class.

Now in year five at Lydgate Junior and Infant School in Batley, she said: "You can write poems about anything.

"Just enjoy it!"