Words that burn smaller

We partnered with Amnesty International to facilitate delivery of the Words That Burn in schools in Plymouth.

Words That Burn is a national project for young people to explore and express human rights through poetry, established and piloted in partnership with Cheltenham Festival. Secondary schools receive a different Human Rights theme each academic year, along with accompanying educational resources designed to help students develop their own writing and performance style.

We are delighted to share poems written by students from Brook Green Centre for Learning in Plymouth.

Below is a poem written by a class at Brook Green. Click on the button below to read work by individual students.

The Freedom of Life
By 10/1
Brook Green Centre for Learning

Like a joyful tear streaming down my face.
Like a dolphin swimming through blue water.
Like a horse galloping elegantly across the beautiful green fields.
Like a ghost of my conscience flowing across all time
Like a campfire in the night
Like a light at the end of the tunnel
Like a rabbit leaping with joy through fields
Like a baby’s first cry of breath
Like an angel singing from above
Telling me to shine bright…
“This is the way I love freedom”.

Click here to read poems by individual students

How does it work?

A selection of poetry is written by students, using the framework of Amnesty International’s free and downloadable session resources for the project.

In becoming involved with the project, students respond to a variety of poets and poems from the literary canon and contemporary poets who are writing on the subject of human rights. Students then choose to write poems of solidarity or protest in response to issues surrounding human rights. Importantly, students will respond to real cases of people on an international scale whose human rights are in jeopardy.

Poetry created by the students will then be displayed on this page and forwarded to Amnesty International who will pass them on to those affected by the human rights violations in an act of solidarity or, where possible, the perpetrators of the violations in an act of protest.

Additionally, students are challenged to ‘make a difference in a minute’ and send in films of themselves reading their poetry in a minute or less. This is a challenge which is open to all young people.

For further information on the project, please visit the Amnesty International website.