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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 were delighted to see the return of our Powerful Words project which has now worked with over 350 children to ignite potential through creative learning.

The project included a 10-week residency in four Leicester schools - Falcons Primary School, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Medway Community Primary School and Overdale Junior School. Poet Owen Craven-Griffiths, aka John Berkavitch, worked with a class of year 5 children from each school 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, in their very own Poetry Slam as part of The Spark Festival 2020 and each poem was published in a printed souvenir anthology.

The project started in November 2019 with weekly sessions up to the festival. Arts Award was 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 also worked 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.

Delivered by The Spark Arts for Children as part of The City Classroom - Leicester and Leicestershire's Cultural Education Partnership