‘My Voice’ is a new countywide writing programme which was launched in primary schools in October 2019. It is delivered by the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, and aims to develop tools for positive self-expression through writing and a series of talks and mentoring opportunities with writers, poets, song-writers, and journalists that young people can relate to, giving them a platform to explore their fears around violence and express their creativity.
The writers act as role models and champions of the children and young people taking part, developing their self-belief, pride and happiness by providing an opportunity to be heard and recognised.
Pupils who engage in creative writing attend school more regularly, achieve higher grades than expected and are significantly happier. This helps avoid the poor self-esteem, mental health and isolation that help nurture youth violence.
Pupils will work with local poets and take part in the MyVoice writing competition, culminating in bringing well known poets, writers, lyricists and journalists to Nottingham for an event celebrating the imagination and insight of Nottingham’s young voices on the themes and issues around violence.
Avoid the poor self-esteem, mental health and isolation that help nurture youth violence