Community Creative Writing Challenge

We are looking for up to 30 participants from across the city to come together this May and June to create a poem for Leicester. Meeting weekly via Zoom, you will take part in a series of workshops led by poets Akshay ‘Mr Shay’ Sharma and Ty’rone Haughton. The active, practical workshops will focus on creating poems that celebrate the diversity, resilience, and individuality of the people of Leicester and will focus on the optimism of a post-pandemic world. The project will culminate in a shared poem- jointly written by participants- performed and filmed across the city.  

The workshops are free and the project is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives in Leicester City. To apply simply complete the application form below. 

Workshop dates 

  • 24th May. Workshop 1 – 7pm – 9pm  
  • 27th May. Workshop 2 – 7pm – 9pm  
  • 31st May. Workshop 3 – 7pm – 9pm  
  • 7th June. Workshop 4 – 7pm –9pm  
  • Filming will take place on the 12th and 13th June



There are limited places available but the project is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives in Leicester city. To apply, simply complete an application form and Equal opportunities and Monitoring form. 

Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 24 May

If you have any questions about the project, please email our team [email protected] 

This project is inspired by Leicester City Council’s ‘We’ve Missed You’ campaign and its ‘By The Clock Tower’ poem – the focus of the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) Reopening High Streets Safely campaign.

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