Budding young poets are well versed

PoetryQuest Finale at Square Chapel, Halifax. Pupils from Warley Road Primary School, Halifax.
PoetryQuest Finale at Square Chapel, Halifax. Pupils from Warley Road Primary School, Halifax.

Hundreds of young budding poets from across the borough performed their best work at a show in Halifax.

PoetryQuest, which is created by Children & the Arts, enables pupils across the country to get a deeper understanding of poetry by creating and performing their work throughout a series of workshops - one of the first of its kind across the country.

Children from St Chad’s CE Primary School in Brighouse, Warley Road Primary School, All Saints’ Junior & Infant School and St Mary’s CE Junior and Infant School in Sowerby Bridge joined together for two performances at Square Chapel, Halifax.

The schools were split up into two groups with a mix of poetry workshops and performances organised by Square Chapel and got the chance to work alongside poets Keith Hutson and Winston Plowes.

Jeremy Newton, chief executive at Children and the Arts, said that the project works on building literacy skills.

He said: “PoetryQuest opens children’s eyes to the inspirational world of performance poetry and spoken word, and by empowering children to write and perform their own poetry it builds literacy and communication skills, and raises self-esteem and confidence.”