Poetry project for Staffordshire pupils to ease lockdown boredom

By Harriet Evans | Staffordshire | Staffordshire entertainment | Published:

Staffordshire University has paired up with Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate to give young people a creative outlet for their thoughts and feelings during lockdown.

Poetry project for pupils

The Poetry Project has been launched by the University’s education department and is open to all secondary school pupils in Staffordshire.

The initiative is supported by Stafford-based author and poet Mel Wardle Woodend who has recorded a special video with tips about how to get started.

Pupils are asked to create a poem based on one of three current themes; lockdown, relationships or charity, and all entries will be included in an electronic anthology which will be sent to the young poets and their schools by the end of term.

Each student will also receive a digital certificate of participation.

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Rebecca Sherratt, English course leader, said: “The intention is for young people to be creative in their approach and free from restrictions which means there are no rules on length or whether or not it rhymes. We just ask that it comes from the heart – that way the finished anthology will act as a legacy of how it really feels to be a young person living through a pandemic.”

Mel Woodend added: “This is a fab project and I'm very pleased to be involved. These are strange times and because we’ve been in lockdown people may think they have nothing to write about. However, my short video aims to help young people get started in writing about everyday observations and how it can be really simple. “

Entries should be emailed to by Friday, June 12 including name, school, age and chosen theme.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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