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Powerful Words - Poetry Project

A project which uses the power of creative writing to improve literacy skills, develop confidence and self-esteem with young people.

We are pleased to announce the return of our Powerful Words project which to date has worked with over 250 children to ignite potential through creative learning.

The project includes a 10-week residency with poet, working with a class of year 5 children to build on skills to write and create their own work. In addition, group poems will be developed and later performed in a collaborative celebration, with four schools, in their very own Poetry Slam as part of The Spark Festival 2020 and each poem will be published in a printed souvenir anthology.

The project will start in November 2019 and run with weekly sessions up to the festival. Arts Award will be delivered within the sessions and a follow up CPD workshop on creative Writing will be delivered by Writing East Midlands.

In addition to the class group we are also interested in working with a small group of six children who have dyslexia, in bespoke sessions delivered by our poet who has dyslexia himself.


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 & 2018 with John Berkavitch.


Supported by

The Lord Mayor's Charity, George Ernest Ellis Trust and Writing East Midlands.