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Peterborough Reads launches lockdown writing competitions

Peterborough Reads has launched a children's writing competition inspired by the winning titles of the Peterborough Book Awards.
Peterborough Reads has launched a writing competition to encourage creativity in lockdown (Photo: Peterborough Reads)

Year 4 children from 20 schools across the city selected their winners of the Peterborough Book Awards last month.

The team over at Peterborough Reads, the campaign to inspire families across the city to read together, has come up with a set of challenges to encourage the city's young writers to get creative.

The first challenge was launched on April 22 and is inspired by Benjamin Zephaniah, a musician, writer and poet who wrote Funky Chickens, which was voted Best Poetry Book by the schools of Peterborough.

Peterborough Reads' challenge for this week asks the young people of the city for original poems in the style of Zephaniah. These poems can either be written down or recorded and can be about any topic, but they must rhyme. Recorded poems should be one minute long or less, and written poems should fit onto one side of A4 paper.

Entries should be sent to by Thursday, April 30. Make sure to include age and which area of Peterborough you live.

Some of the poems will be shared on the Literary Trust website, and there's a bundle of books on offer for the winner.

The team have shared some top tips to help here: