Premier League Writing Stars judge Olly Murs surprises budding poets at Salford school

Like last year, I have been invited to promote this poetry competition. It’s a campaign that is very close to my heart..

Singer and songwriter Olly Murs surprised pupils at St Luke’s R.C. Primary School Primary School in Salford yesterday, joining excited faces from Years 5 and 6 for an unforgettable poetry lesson on diversity – the theme for this year’s Premier League Writing Stars Competition.

Olly, who is a member of the competition’s Judging Panel alongside former Premier League Footballer and BT Sport Presenter Rio Ferdinand, Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and poet Joseph Coelho, helped inspire the
class to write their own poems and discussed how he uses song writing to express his own thoughts and feelings.

The class impressed Olly with their lyrics on diversity, performing their poems in time to the backing track of his latest single ‘Moves.’

The lesson at St Luke’s was delivered by staff from the Manchester United Foundation, who like 100 other professional football clubs across the Premier League, EFL and National League, provide in-school support to teachers as part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme.

Singer and songwriter, Olly Murs,
said: “It’s fantastic to be part of the judging panel for this year’s Premier League Writing Stars. Being both a singer and songwriter with a big passion for football, I can’t wait to see how children across England and Wales show their creativity to
bring the theme of diversity to life.”

“It was great to surprise the children at St Luke’s and take part in a Writing Stars session. I was blown away by the creativity and originality shown in their entries and I can’t wait to read more over the coming

The Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition is open to all primary school pupils across England and Wales and is supported by the National Literacy Trust.

The initiative aims to get young people writing poetry in different creative forms, with last year’s inaugural Writing Stars competition encouraging more than 25,000 primary school pupils to write a poem.

Mr Jameson, Head Teacher at St Luke’s R.C. Primary School
said: “It was great to have Olly here at St Luke’s Primary School and to see how engaged our children were in creating and performing their Premier League Writing Stars entries. We want to encourage our children to achieve their best academically
whilst also helping them to develop a greater understanding of the importance of diversity both at school and in society.”

Entries will be considered against a range of criteria including creativity, tone and originality and any form of poetic writing, including a rap or music lyrics can be entered.

Teachers and parents can register
or nominate their child’s school to take part at

The winning Premier League Writing Stars poems will be published in a limited-edition book. Other prizes include author-led writing workshops and Premier League trophy school visits, as well as the overall winning
poems being read aloud by some of the competition judges.

The first 1,000 primary schools to enter will receive a free poetry book bag containing 12 different titles.

Teachers have until Friday 21 December to submit their pupils’ poems either online or by post. Winners will be announced in March 2019.

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