Extract below from the Creative Arts Project website.
'Today, Tuesday 13th March, the Ulster Hall is filled to capacity by close to 1000 enthusiastic school students, from right across Northern Ireland, for the launch of the Poetry in Motion (Schools) Project 2017-2018 poetry anthology “In other words” and the presentation of the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement.
After readings which maintained the high standard both in performance and literary excellence of previous years, Myra Zepf, Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, announced the winners of this year’s award:
Rhiannon Reilly of St Catherine’s College, Armagh for her poem ‘Visiting Hours’
Dr Ross Thompson’s Year 11 Class from Victoria College, Belfast.
This award recognizes Seamus Heaney’s immense contribution to Northern Irish literature and the award is acknowledged by the Heaney family.The launch celebrated poems created by the students, with mentoring by Community Art Partnership’s team of poet facilitators through CAP’s LaVA programme (Literature and Verbal Arts).
This annual cross-community, mixed-ability event brought together schools from primary, post primary, grammar and special schools in the largest shared poetry-based event of its kind. The Poetry in Motion (Schools) project is funded by Community Arts Partnership’s principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Community Arts Partnership is also core funded by Belfast City Council, Halifax Foundation, Ernest Cook Trust, and Children in Need.
The anthology, this year, contains over 200 poems and is accompanied by online audio recordings of the poems performed by the students themselves.'
Congratulations to all involved on their outstanding achievements.