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Expressing ourselves through poetry

Expressing ourselves through poetry

Expressing ourselves through poetry

Anita Haigh, Helen Arkell Specialist Assessor, took on the 2.6 Challenge during lockdown and wrote a poem a day for 26 days. She has kindly allowed us to sell the resulting collection during Dyslexia Awareness Week with profits being donated to Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity.

Anita says,

‘In some ways [lockdown] has been a gift, offering the headspace necessary for creative writing, all too often pushed out by other demands on my time and energy. Inspired by my observations and reflections during lockdown, these poems cover a range of topics and employ different structures and devices.’

During Dyslexia Awareness Week 2020 we showcased extracts of Anita’s poetry on our social media platforms. A few are below.


From A Child’s View

I’m going to catch that virus and trap it in a jar

Then ride my bike to go and see my nanna and grandpa.


From Easter Dawn 

It’s 5.45 

On the vicarage lawn 

The garden alive 

With the sound of the dawn


From Two Metres Apart

No more shaking hands 

Or pats upon the back; 

Now we smile and side-step 

As we pass along the track.


All extracts © Anita Haigh 2020

If you would like a copy of Anita’s collection, please get in touch email [email protected] with your contact details and how many copies you would like.


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