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THREE years ago, I heard about the Voices cre­ative writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren in care.

Last year I came sec­ond, but this year I won in my cat­e­gory! This bril­liant com­pe­ti­tion gives young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press them­selves.

My life was dif­fi­cult be­fore coming into care and find­ing my forever mum and dad. I’ve dealt with lots of feelings to be the per­son I am to­day. I en­joy writ­ing po­etry, find­ing un­usual rhymes and telling sto­ries us­ing real-life sit­u­a­tions. It helps to clear my head.

Co­ram Voice is a bril­liant or­gan­i­sa­tion. I loved go­ing to the awards cer­e­mony last year and meet­ing judges in­clud­ing BBC jour­nal­ist Ash­ley John-Bap­tiste, poet Mr Gee and au­thor Jenny Mol­loy. It was also fan­tas­tic meet­ing ac­tor Peter Ca­paldi, who hosted the event. He even let me wear his Doc­tor Who sun­glasses. WOW!

With­out en­ter­ing this com­pe­ti­tion, I wouldn’t have met these peo­ple and dis­cov­ered how much I en­joy writ­ing.

We all have a poet in­side us – we just need to have a go and write from our hearts.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

Peter Ca­paldi

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