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Local children's lives during lockdown reflected in new poetry collection

Released: Tuesday, 29 September 2020

A collection of poetry written by children from primary schools in Adur and surrounding areas is being published as an historic record of life during lockdown.

PR20-118 - The front cover of the book Poems For Our Time - Lines from The Lockdown

Poetry For Our Time: Lines from The Lockdown features 114 poems written by children aged 7-11 years as part of a creative writing project for local schools. It was run by Shoreham Wordfest and Brighton-based poetry group, Rap 'n' Rhyme with funding from Adur District Council.

Originally planned for schools in the Adur district, the creative writing project was opened up to entries from primary schools across West Sussex as a way to support home learning projects during lockdown.

In total, 18 schools contributed to the anthology, which provides an insight into the minds of young people and how they have coped during the COVID lockdown. It covers a range of themes from children's hopes and fears to Captain Tom Moore as an important figure during the 2020 pandemic.

To officially launch the book, young writers from primary schools in Lancing, Shoreham and Southwick will read their work at a select event at the Shoreham Centre on Saturday 10th October 2020, and be presented with a copy of the book by Chairman of Adur District Council, Cllr Andy McGregor.

Rosalind Turner, Programme Director for Shoreham Wordfest, said:

“The poetry collection reflects the creativity, humour and thoughtfulness of children during a very challenging time and provides a record of the impact COVID has had on children's lives during the pandemic.”

Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said:

“We are very proud of the work of the young children and delighted to have been able to support Shoreham Wordfest to deliver this important project providing children with a creative outlet for expressing their emotions during these turbulent times.”

Copies of the book are available to purchase for £5 via the Shoreham Wordfest website and from Shoreham Art Gallery on Brunswick Road.

PR20-118  - Poems For Our Time - Lines From The Lockdown

(PR20-118)

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