Harlesden primary pupils scoop poetry award

PUBLISHED: 06:45 10 July 2015

Left to right: Precious, Syeda Navqi, Victoria Osaghae and Louis Chase

Left to right: Precious, Syeda Navqi, Victoria Osaghae and Louis Chase


Youngsters from a Harlesden primary school scooped the top prize in a poetry slamming contest.

Leopold Primary School pupils won awards for poetry slamming.Leopold Primary School pupils won awards for poetry slamming.

Hijab Syeda Naqvi, Precious-Victoria Osaghae and Louis Chase from Leopold Primary School in Hawkshead Road, won the Poetry Award at the Verse vs Verse Poetry Slam.

The winning nine-year-olds performed in front of 450 nine-year-old children at the Criterion Theatre in the West End as part of an annual celebration of spoken word.

The pupils had previously worked with spoken word artist and performance poet, Dean Atta who had run workshops at their school as part of Verse vs Verse.

Their winning poem was inspired by the theme of peace with the judges feeling that it encapsulated the theme but interpreted it in a creative and inspirational way.

The Verse vs Verse poetry slam is part of a literature project run by Eastside Educational Trust and supported by John Lyon’s Charity.

The project runs in 16 schools in north and west London, giving the 450 participants the opportunity to take part in reading, writing and spoken word workshops over three years.

Pupils from Kenmont Primary School in Valliere Road, Willesden, also took part.

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