Wolverhampton's first Young Poet Laureate inspires youngsters in school visit

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

Wolverhampton's first Young Poet Laureate has been inspiring the next generation of youngsters at a Wolverhampton school.

Wolverhampton’s first Young Poet Laureate, Lizzie Stuart, lends her support to pupils form Merridale Primary School taking part in the Poetry Challenge

Lizzie Stuart, a Year 12 student at Wolverhampton Girls High School, joined pupils at Merridale Primary School to help out with a Key Stage 2 poetry challenge.

She shared tips and advice to help them enhance their final pieces, supported them as they prepared for their performances and told them what her role entails.

Lizzie said: "Being the first Young Poet Laureate for Wolverhampton means a great deal to me, as I have always been passionate about reading and creative writing.

"I was delighted to be able to share my love for poetry with children at Meridale Primary School and encourage them to be more confident.

"I also talked to them about the competition - I explained it was a new experience for me and hopefully it might inspire them to try something different."

Lizzie was the special guest at the school's showcase afternoon, where she performed her winning entry which saw her crowned Wolverhampton's first Young Poet Laureate.

Laura Towle, deputy headteacher, said: "Lizzie has been working with us since September, initially as a reading volunteer where she would listen to the children read once a week.

"The children gained so much from this experience and we were thrilled to have such an accomplished young poet perform at our school."

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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