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Powerful Words - Poetry Project

Boosting emotional wellbeing, improving literacy skills, inspiring confidence in children

Our second residency in Leicester schools with the poetry project Powerful Words began in February this year (2018). Working with; Overdale Junior School, Medway Primary School, Folville Junior School and Fosse Primary School.

Our poet in residence John Berkavitch has focused on using the power of creative writing to improve literacy skills, develop confidence and self-esteem with young people.

Across the residency, year four students from the 4 participating schools have been given the skills and inspiration to write and create their own work. The young poet laureates came together in the Powerful Words Poetry Slam to showcase their talent and new material in a electric live performance event which took place in May part of The Spark festival 2018

If you are interested in finding out more about your school taking part, please email

All children had the opportunity to take an Arts Award at Discover level adding to their sense of achievement. A Teacher Resource pack is available here.

About the Artist

John Berkavitch is one of the most respected voices in the UK spoken-word scene and is a former UK Slam Poetry Champion. He is an internationally acclaimed Storyteller, accomplished Breakdancer, Digital Artist and Animator.

Powerful Words has been funded by The Lord Mayors Charity for three years and is delivered by The Spark Arts for Children as part of The City Classroom. This project follows the success of My City, Poetry Project with Joseph Coelho in 2016 and Powerful Words 2017 with John Berkavitch.

Supported by

The Lord Mayor's Charity. The Austin, Hope, Pilkington Trust, Writing East Midlands, #DMULocal and The Mighty Creatives.