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Reading Writes

A selection of children's poems, stories and other types of creative writing exploring cultural diversity were on display at the Respect Festival on 2 and 3 June 2012. 


The Reading Writes project was created by Daisi for the Exeter Respect Festival 2012. Daisi wanted to create a project that would:

  • help children to celebrate diversity, challenge racism and prejudice, and promote multi-cultural respect and understanding
  • enable children to have a high quality creative writing experience inspired by and related to the Exeter Respect Festival

Daisi commissioned four professional poets and authors from the South West who identify as black and minority ethnic to work with children in four Exeter primary schools to explore cultural diversity through the written and spoken word.

The project was supported by a grant from the Hele’s Trust. 

The professional authors were:

  • Edson Burton
  • Steve Duncan
  • Shagufta Iqbal
  • Bertel Martin

The participating schools were:

  • Countess Wear Community School
  • Whipton Barton Junior School
  • Willowbrook School 
  • Wynstream Primary School