Call Out for Participation in Poetry in Motion Schools 2019/2020 – closing 31 May

Poetry in Motion is Community Arts Partnership’s innovative literary programme for primary, secondary, grammar and special schools.

If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” 

Seamus Heaney, Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney

Poetry in Motion Schools is Community Arts Partnership’s innovative literary programme for primary, secondary, grammar and special schools. There is NO COST to schools for the provision of poetry facilitation, which offers each school six hours of poetry workshops, by one of our experienced poet facilitators

Participating schools receive:

  • Six hours of free provision of poetry facilitation
  • An anthology for each contributor selected for publication in the anthology
  • Attendance at a high profile event to celebrate the project
  • Administration and management of all of the above

All participants will be considered for the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement. This annual award is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and endorsed by the Heaney family. It is the only award made directly in the late Nobel Laureate’s name and carries with it incredible privilege and prestige. A series of awards are be made to the school, group or individual young poet considered to have made the most outstanding submission in the 2019-2020 processes.

In return, all that we ask is that the school commits to hosting and supporting our poet in residence and attending the launch event in March 2020 (date to be confirmed). Whilst schools are asked to book and pay for their own transport to our gala event in March 2020, schools with particular needs may be offered some limited assistance in this regard.

Supported by our principal funder the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the National Lottery and Belfast City Council among others, this highly regarded programme is now approaching its 20th year. This is the sixth year that the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement will be made to those showing development, initiative and poetic vision.

More information about Poetry in Motion Schools and the most recent gala event in March 2019 can be found here:

Since 2001 more than 18,000 students have taken part in Poetry in Motion Schools, and over 3,500 poems have been published. Poetry in Motion for Schools aims to develop the creative abilities of young people and enable their poetic voice through language and image. We achieve this through workshops conducted in schools by published/producing poets, all of whom have experience working with young people, helping to foster creativity and supporting poetry development. Schools that have taken part in this project see it as an enriching experience for both pupils and teachers alike and find that it also forges many links with the curriculum.

We reach across the whole of Northern Ireland and invite you to make application to our programme.

How do we apply?

Schools are invited to participate in this programme by completing the online application form below.

Poetry in Motion for Schools 2019-20 application form

Places are limited to thirty schools. In order to avail of this opportunity, we advise that you fully complete the form as soon as possible. In previous years demand has been so high that we could have run the programme more than twice over, had the funding been available to do so. With the inclusion of the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement we anticipate a high level of demand again this year.

Please complete and submit the application carefully, including all sections on the equal opportunities form, by Friday 31st May 2019.

Successful schools will be contacted during the week beginning Monday 3rd June 2019 and must confirm that they wish to take up the offer of a place, or it will be passed to a school on the reserve list.


If you have any questions about Poetry in Motion Schools, please contact the Literature and Verbal Arts (LaVA) coordinator Shelley Tracey:

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