Schoolchildren across Bradford have been inspired to carry poetry and creativity into their futures.

The National Literacy Trust spoke to children across the district for West Yorkshire Poetry Week. 

From hopping on board the Bradford Stories Bus to learning about different careers, it is hoped more young people will delve further into writing, performance and prose.

Poets Irene Lofthouse, Sharena Lee Satti, Laura Baldwin,  David Driver, Lence, Rose Condo, Simone Yasmin, Mohamed Saloo, Jamie H Scrutton, Zara Sehar, treated pupils to lively and interactive workshops. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A pupil shares their voiceA pupil shares their voice (Image: The National Literacy Trust)

Meanwhile children from Lower Fields Delta Primary Academy read their own poetry to the Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin. 

Students from Bradford Academy had an intimate Q&A with the Mayor about careers, where she touched on her own journey from writing for and starring on TV to entering the world of politics. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin, picturedMayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin, pictured (Image: Newsquest)

There was also a creative careers panel event with Kirklees Television Studio and a competition was launched to find West Yorkshire’s first Young Poet Laureates.

All participating schools will be encouraged to enter their budding poets into the region-wide competition. 

 It comes after research, from the National Literacy Trust, showed children from more disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to read and write poetry than their more affluent peers.