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Everyone a Writer 2023

Thursday 6th July saw 10 years of the Everyone a Writer competition, with poetry workshop and an evening celebration event.

We have had a decade of anthologies, launch events and celebrated students. A decade of exploring topics from our houses and homes to the pandemic, from journeys to the elements, from the fragility of our planet to our Sheffield.

Everyone a Writer was set up with one simple idea – that anyone, whatever their age and experience, can be a writer.  In this year's anthology, you will find work from students and teachers of Lower Meadow and Abbey Lane Primary Schools. They are published alongside writing from their counterparts at Meadowhead. And we’ve come along way from “Everyday Objects”!

We wanted to celebrate those ten years by considering a theme of the passing of time, and what we become. Whether that be growing up, working towards or dream career or simply becoming who we are as people, this year’s theme 'Becoming' encouraged students to consider their path through life.

Student artists are published alongside the work of their writer colleagues. The standard of the artwork was genuinely outstanding and we have included a number of pieces that support the concepts explored by the written word.

Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended, who were presented with a certificate and prize at the evening celebration.

We would like to thank everyone who entered and those who continue to support this project. The event is sponsored by the Meadowhead Community Learning Trust. 


Y7 Poetry Workshop with Poet Andy Craven-Griffiths
Poet Andy Craven-Griffiths reading and performing his poetry at the evening celebration

Y7 Poetry Workshop with Poet Andy Craven-Griffiths
Andy with one of the Highly Commended Y7 students

Here is a taster of the entries - you can download the whole anthology at the foot of this page.

It’s when we

Start to feel

Like an island

That the world becomes bleak, and

No one says anything to us

The world becomes a dark, lonely, sad place

Your entire life feels like two lands splitting up and Becoming the bridge between two countries.

Yet there is more to the world than sadness and


It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to Remember,

Yet life is too short

Grudges are wasted of perfect happiness ,

So laugh when you can!

Spend and enjoy the time that you get with your Loved ones.

Nitasha Waseem Ahmed, Y8
Meadowhead School


Everyone a Writer 2023 illustration

Everyone a Writer 2023 illustration

Everyone a Writer 2023 illustration

What Ifs

What could have happened?

Voices clouding my head,

Filling it with questions,

What ifs is all I could think about,

What if I took different paths?

What if I looked and sounded differently,

What if I grew up in a different household,

What if I’d had a different childhood, friends and family?

The questions are all I can think about

No matter how hard I try not to,

Oh the possibilities.


Amber Beckett, Y7
Meadowhead School


Everyone a Writer 2023 illustration

Congratulations to all of our Meadowhead winners and highly commended students. 

Please enjoy reading the winning entries:

Little Red Balloon

When I was five I had a little red balloon
That I won from a funfair game

I clutched the string in my tiny palms
It made me happy
I took it all the way home but
The sting slipped away
I tried to go back and grasp it once more

But it d









 I watched it, watery eyed
As it became smaller and smaller
A tiny red speck in the dull grey sky
A pop echoing through nothingness
I look up at the sky now
And wonder
What that balloon could have become
If only

Katie Hallam, Y8 WINNER


The seed that has fallen,
From the mother tree,
Embeds itself in the moss and roots.
The beginning of a new leaf,

The next generation,
Sprouting with potential,
Small and weak they start,
But leave a footprint on your heart,

Not everyone may make it,
But you have to believe,
Try your best,
You can achieve,

Life will fly by,
And you'll raise seeds of your own
One day you will look back,
And realise how time has flown.

Joshua Waite, Y7 WINNER

Aalaiyah Higgins, Artwork WINNER


Somewhere between then and now,
She became strong,
Like a graceful oak tree
With a weathered but determined soul,
Strong like a mountain that scrapes the sky with its aspirations,
Showing strength like saplings that cling on through howling winds.

Somewhere between then and now,
She became confident,
Like a bird proudly showing off to a mate,
Confident like an ant leading the swarming colony,
Like a peacock strutting with its train of opulently coloured feathers.

Somewhere between then and now,
She became quietly assured,
Like the moon softly whispering to the stars
That things would work themselves out,
Like the sun slowly rising each day
Casting its gentle glow all around.

Somewhere between then and now,
She sought out the people right for her,
Like moths drawn to a flame,
Like a flowing waterfall that bubbles with joy and purity,
Like the chatter of life in a forest.

Somewhere between then and now,
She looks back on how far she has come,
The person that she has grown to be,
She is content that the journey she has travelled
Will help her to become
A flower that fully blooms.

Grace Ridley, Y9 WINNER