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Powerful Words poetry project

A project which used the power of creative writing to improve literacy skills, develop confidence and self-esteem with young people. Powerful Words was delivered in 2017/18 and 2019/20.

Schools in Leicester took park in a ten-week residency, working with poet John Berkavitch. Pupils wrote their own poetry materials which they then presented at an exciting poetry slam during The Spark Festival. The Arts Award was integrated within the project, and Writing East Midlands delivered additional CPD sessions.

2017/18 schools

  • Caldecote Primary School
  • Charnwood Primary School
  • Folville Junior School
  • Fosse Primary School
  • Medway Primary School
  • Overdale Junior School

2019/2020 schools

  • Falcons Primary School
  • Holy Cross Catholic Primary School
  • Medway Community Primary School
  • Overdale Junior School


More about this project

Powerful Words was funded by The Lord Mayors Charity for three years and is delivered by The Spark Arts for Children as part of The City Classroom. It was supported in 2017/18 by Austin Hope Pilkington, The Mighty Creatives, DMU Local, and Writing East Midlands; and in 2019/20 by George Ernest Ellis Trust and Writing East Midlands.

The City Classroom
Writing East Midlands
Austin Hope Pilkington
The Mighty Creatives
DMU Local