Our planned primary school poetry project, funded by Adur District Council had to be changed when schools closed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of school based workshops and performances, our project lead, Kay Walton, of Brighton-based group: Rap’n’Rhyme, recorded videos and workshops on her website as a home learning resource.
Children were invited to send their poems in to Kay and our schools lead, Chrissie Ient. We received 114 fantastic poems which are now featured in a Shoreham Wordfest published book: Poems of Our Time: Lines from the Lockdown. The book will be launched at a celebration event with the young poets on Saturday 10 October. Each of the young poets will receive their own copy and each of the 18 participating schools will also receive a copy.
We think the book is an important record of how the pandemic affected children during the Lockdown. How it changed their daily lives and how they responded – with humour, frustration, annoyance and resilience in equal measure. Copies of the book will go into the National Libraries and the County archives. The book will be available to buy for £5 – details coming soon.