Last week, my youngest group of creative writers finished producing their own anthology of poetry on the theme of transition. The move from primary school to secondary school is a rough old time for any kid and for our group, a prime opportunity to reflect on the changes: coming to a bigger school, dealing with new subjects and teachers, making new friends, contending with older and scarier students around school… a literary goldmine for my young writers!

Transition anthology

Transition anthology

Speaking of reflecting, out of all the different creative writing groups I run (11-12 year olds, 14-15 year olds and 17-18) it’s interesting to note that the younger the child, the braver he or she tends to be! My Year 7 kids are willing to read their poetry in front of an audience without being shy, or succumbing to peer pressure or awkwardness of any kind – it’s kind of like, ‘yeah, Miss, I’ll do it!’ That’s the attitude I like to see! This week, I’ll be taking four of them on a visit to a primary school to read their poems to an audience of up to 100 Year 6 pupils and their teachers, and show the younger kids the kind of creative writing opportunities they’ll be able to take part in when they come to secondary school.


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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