Caitlin is poetry in emotion at eisteddfod
SPEECH and Drama day one at the 44th Gladstone City Eisteddfod featured a number of children reciting poems they have been practicing for weeks on end in a showcase of natural talent.
Prose recital 15-18 years category winner Caitlin Walker was shocked when she was awarded first prize by the adjudicators.
"It's so exciting, I never win!" she said.
"Hopefully I can con my mum and dad into getting me Maccas."
The 15-year-old Trinity College student performed John Marsden's poem So Much To Tell You at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, matching her facial expressions in accordance with the character's emotion.
"It was an interesting character to portray. I really like dramatic pieces and capturing characters," she said.
"The character didn't talk, she wrote everything down in a diary. It's cool because I am always speaking and I don't write stuff down."
The Tannum Sands resident admitted she could have started practicing earlier, though.
"I mostly crammed four weeks in advance," she said.
Caitlin has participated in three Gladstone Eisteddfods, 2014 seeing her compete in a commendable 12 sections.
"Performing is nerve wracking and exhilarating at the same time," she said.
A highlight of Sunday's proceedings was the Six Years and under Nursery Rhyme In Costume and the Shakespeare duologue/monologue.