The Great Park Poetry Slam

Summer 2016 saw the final of the Great Park Poetry Slam.

Eight schools from across the city had taken park in a free poetry workshop with local poet Jess Green in preparation for this final event, learning the basics of slam poetry and how to write poems about their local park. Five schools competed at the slam final held on Abbey Park, where the best 5 poems from each school were performed in front of a panel of special judges.

The winner was Petra from Braunstone Community Primary school, who won a special prize for herself and the poetry slam trophy for her school. Congratulations!

Petra's poem:

Braunstone Park is…

 

The grove crowded with topless boys playing penalty shoot-out as if their lives depend on it,

Anti-social teenagers huddle up on the roundabout like immigrants at a refugee camp,

A slithering snake of slush slides down my throat, a serpent slinking,

Gobble tempting gobstoppers explode their flavour into my mouth as if they were a paintball of flavours,

Adventureholic boys swaying on ordinary branches as if they were in the Amazon forest, orang-utans,

Toddlers prone to the bumped-head-letters scream on the swing as their mums as determined to prevent spending hours in A&E,

The zing and the zang of bottle fizzers hit my taste buds like a meteor exploding them back to life.

 

If your school would like to get involved in Poetry Slam 2017, please get in touch.

0116 4544935 or storyofparks@leicester.gov.uk