Young journalist’s poem promotes writing awards hosted by Peter Capaldi
Coram Voices is delighted to be holding Voices 2021, the annual creative writing competition for children in care and care leavers, hosted by Peter Capaldi.
The event will take place on Wednesday 14th July at 5pm and everyone is invited (details below).
Co-host, young journalist, Sophia Alexandra Hall said, “I’m a proud care experienced person, but that wasn’t always the case. I used to hide the fact I was in care, and never really spoke about it when I was a teenager. Today, after being encouraged by organisations such as Coram, my peers and the wider community, I embrace my experience as an important and integral part of my identity. The Voices competition means a lot to me because it’s all about encouraging young people in care to use their voices, and encouraging non-care experienced people to listen.”
Sophia Alexandra Hall entered the competition in 2019 and this is her winning entry.
A girl I Saw – poem by Sophia Alexandra Hall I waved at a girl I saw Wonky teeth and eyes aglow Staring at me through the glass Clutching Miss Rabbit in her fist And giggling a soft melody
I laughed at a girl I saw Wicked tongue and a cheeky wink Making a face towards the glass Wiggling along to a song I knew And twisting her truths into knots
I frowned at a girl I saw Bruised lips and puffy eyes Trapped behind a wall of glass Gagged by shadows of the past And screaming words I would not hear
I cried at a girl I saw Torn shirt and desperate glance Pounding fists against the glass Sapphire lights with crimson tones And the future choked by sirens
I reached out to a girl I saw Ravaged skin and defeated air Her hand joined mine upon the glass Rush of heartache merged to beat And a flash of recognition
I look up to a girl I see Reclaimed body and affectionate gaze Familiar face in the glass She nods “we’re okay, go on your way” And I smile at my reflection.
Please join Peter Capaldi and Sophia Alexandra Hall to celebrate the virtual awards ceremony which will be streamed live on the Coram Voice YouTube channel.
Peter Capaldi and Sophia Alexandra at Voices 2019 awards
Sophia Alexandra is a care-experienced journalist and winner of the Coram Voices competition in 2019. Coram Voice is a national charity which provides a range of services for children and young people in and around the care system. We have a range of resources for young people in care and the professionals who support them. They are part of the Coram group of charities, working to make the biggest possible difference to the greatest number of children and young people.
Coram Voice is a leading children’s rights organisation getting young voices heard in decisions that matter to them and working to improve the lives of children in care, care leavers and others who depend upon the help of the state.