This website celebrates and showcased the work of young writers from 8 Dearne Valley Primary schools during the Hear My Voice project.
One of the great privileges of being an author is being able to meet and work with lots of different and exciting people, and in all the years I’ve been lucky enough to do this job, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed working anyone more that the writers on the amazing Hear My Voice project.
It has been so much fun. And a lot of hard work too. Over four hours and two visits to Worsbrough Primary School, working with Mrs Charlesworth’s class, we learned that everyone can write something brilliant – as you’ll see – and that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard.
The project’s aim was to write about ‘home’ and we have explored everything that that could mean – from the buildings we will live in and the people we live with, to our town and its surrounding areas – landscapes, animals, wildlife, history – everything.
We’ve designed our ideal homes, we’ve taken people on a tour of our town. We’ve been birds flying above it, swooping down to see what we can see. We have even had alien visitors exploring where we live.
And it’s a huge pleasure to have produced this book of the
writers’ work. I don’t want to hold you up from reading what’s inside so, go, read, enjoy and see what home really means.
We had over 800 entries into the Hear My Voice Poetry Competition (for younger writers), and, without doubt, THE HARDEST thing we had to do was produce a shortlist because every single entry was amazing.
Nik Perring, May 2017
Funded in part by Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership which is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
With thanks to:
Ivanhoe Primary, Dearne Goldthorpe Primary, Holy Rood Catholic Primary, Worsbrough Common Primary, Hoyland Springwood Primary, Cherry Dale Primary, and Ladywood Primary, and all the teachers and staff for their support, to all the young writers that took part in the This is Home project.
Thanks also to www.charlotteelizabethphotography.com for fantastic photos and www.vickymorris.co.uk at Hive South Yorkshire for design and collation. Last but not least, a big very thanks to writer Nik Perring for all his work on the project.