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Powerful Words - Poetry Project 2017 & 18

Our aim is to boost emotional wellbeing, improve literacy skills, inspire and build confidence and self-esteem of the participating children aged 8 -9 living in Leicester City.

In 2017 & 18, acclaimed poet and storyteller John Berkavitch began an eleven week residency in four Leicester schools working with children aged 8 - 9 to deliver THE poetry project Powerful Words.

During the residency, year four classes from each of the participating schools were inspired to write their own material. This work was combined and presented in an impressive anthology which was given to each child.

The young poet laureates also contributed to a fantastic live performance event and showcased their new material in a thought provoking and exciting poetry slam which took place during The Spark Festival.

Schools involved

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

Powerful Words has been funded by The Lord Mayors Charity and delivered by The Spark Arts for Children as part of The City Classroom.

Supported by Austin Hope Pilkington, The Mighty Creatives, DMU Local and Writing East Midlands