Youth Poetry showcase

As part of SPOKEN WORD POWER, in March 2022 children in Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Essex and London attended exciting poetry celebration events in their local regional theatre to perform their creations on the professional stage to an audience of supportive classmates, friends, family and other participating schools.  Students performed inspiring and heartfelt spoken word poetry about themes such as identity, racism, the environment, all centred around the 2022 theme Speaking My Truth.  

Events were hosted in The Unity Theatre, Liverpool, The Criterion Theatre, London, Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, and The Civic Theatre, Rotherham. 

Scroll down to watch our highlights video and a small selection of the incredible live poetry performances.


Eastside - London

Rimay Harlow from The Compton School performs My Identity in partnership with Eastside.


Donnie McGlasan, Laith Alsaki, Brody Parks-Glancy, and Arif Ali from Brecknock Primary School perform Pollution & Discrimination in partnership with Eastside.

Essex Book Festival

Audrey Scarfe and Beth Wilkinson from St Joseph’s Primary School perform ‘Imagination City’ in partnership with Essex Book Festival.

Libbi Brown and Olivia Kilbey from Two Village Primary School perform ‘Our Dream Futures’ in partnership with Essex Book Festival.

Grimm & Co. - Rotherham

Charlotte, Francesca, Courtney and Chloe from Rockingham Junior & Infant School perform ‘Millie the Monster’ in partnership with Grimm & Co.

Rio, Katie and Ruby from Herringthorpe Junior School perform Molly Moon’s Fantasy in partnership with Grimm & Co.

Writing on the Wall - Liverpool

Luca & Katie from Blackmoor Park Junior School perform Down Our Street in partnership with Writing on the Wall. 

Misha, Lola and Millie from Leamington Community Primary perform Bullying in partnership with Writing on the Wall. 

SPOKEN WORD POWER is generously supported by Arts Council England, John Lyon’s Charity and the UK National Commission for UNESCO.