Students Alicia and Umbreen were interviewed by Brett Davison live on BBC Radio Lancashire about the spoken word poetry they are performing at the Commonwealth Voices grand final on Wednesday 18th April.
Students from Eden Boys’ School, Preston and Blackburn Central High School were interviewed live on air, along with Claire Tulloch, Communications Officer for Tauheedul Education Trust by BBC Radio Lancashire host Brett Davison.
A total of ten young people from Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Westholme School, Eden Boys’ School and Blackburn Central High School will perform at the Commonwealth Voices spoken word poetry competition final next Wednesday night.
Commonwealth Voices is an exciting spoken word poetry competition for 11 to 16 year olds in Lancashire’s secondary schools, celebrating our county’s Commonwealth connections.
It aims to find our county’s most relevant, insightful and compelling young voices; young people who are ambassadors for and proponents of the Commonwealth’s values – democracy, free speech, human rights and the rule of law.
Finalists will perform their Spoken Word piece in front of a live audience at the Lancashire Civic Leaders’ Commonwealth Celebration Event. Performances will be judged by a panel of Lancashire’s most prominent leaders and dignitaries, including the Lord-Lieutenant for Lancashire – The Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth KG, KCVO; internationally-acclaimed poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE and Dr Yvonne Reddick, winner of a Northern Writer’s Award.
Audio clip from the programme featuring Umbreen and Alicia: