Peace Poetry Awards

The Peace Poetry competition is an annual event in Leeds, now in its eighth year. Schools and community groups across the area work with professional writers to encourage children and adults to think about issues around the topic of peace.

Three pupils from Blackgates School in Tingley were shortlisted for the primary school category, and earned a special mention at the ceremony, while Woodkirk School took first place in the secondary school category.

I stopped in at the award ceremony to congratulate the successful students and pledged to help promote the idea of peace to other areas across the country.

I was really pleased to see winners and special mention from Woodkirk and Blackgates Schools, representing all the talented young people in Tingley. It’s great to see so many young people taking part, with over a thousand entries from across the district.

Like the Stephen Lawrence award, which started here in Leeds and works to promote the understanding of diversity, I hope the Peace Poetry awards will become a national success. When I was Secretary of State, I helped introduce the Stephen Lawrence award across the whole country, and I’m glad to be helping promote the Peace Poetry awards as another great idea to come out of Leeds.

For more information on the Peace Poetry awards, you can contact my constituency office on 0113 253 9466.

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Posted December 11th, 2010 by Ed's team