As part of Wrexham County Borough’s long-term ambition to become UK City of Culture, 8 schools within the County, including 6 secondary schools, St. Christopher’s School and Gorwelion Newydd Pupil Referral Unit, recently worked with the North Wales performance poet and previous Young People’s Poet Laureate for Wales Martin Daws, to develop a project called ‘My Wrexham’, exploring young people’s ideas, feelings and relationship towards their home through poetic outcomes.
Pupils from each school received fun, interactive, spoken word poetry workshops with performance poet Martin focused on the theme of ‘My Wrexham’ looking at local identity and what it means to live here. The project specifically included pupils from often marginalised and vulnerable groups in expressing their thoughts and feelings about living in Wrexham.
The content of the poems gives a diverse and honest reflection of Wrexham as a City and a County from the young people’s perspectives, while showcasing the wonderful creative writing abilities of young people across the County.
You can enjoy the young people’s poetry via the SoundCloud links below.
All photo credits: Tim Rooney Photography
Ysgol St. Christopher’s
Ysgol Morgan Llwyd
Ysgol Bryn Alyn
Ysgol Y Grango