Enter our competition - recite 'From a Railway Carriage' or write your own steam train poem for a chance to win!

Did you know that Doncaster is famous for building steam trains?  Connecting Stories in Doncaster have teamed up with Doncaster Book Awards to bring you an exciting new competition.  Doncaster’s new Danum museum, art gallery and library features two spectacular steam trains that were built in our town.  To celebrate, we’d like you to recite a famous steam train poem, or even make one up of your own.

We want you or your school to recite a poem for us: the brilliant ‘From a Railway Carriage’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. This poem features a fast-paced blur of imagery as the train carriages rush to its destination. Capture it on video, send it to us and it will be used in a special compilation film which will be shown at the Doncaster Book Awards finale and in the new Danum museum and library itself.

And if you speak a different language, we’d like to hear steam train poems in your home language as well.  If you speak Polish, you might know the Polish poem, Lokomotywa by Julian Tuwim.  We’re looking for Polish children and families from Doncaster to record themselves reciting the poem – can you read it with rhythm? You could even come up with some actions? You can perform part of the poem, or the whole thing.  Whatever your language, we’d like to hear your train poetry!

What is more, there are also prizes to be won for writing your own steam train poems.  There are rucksacks stuffed with new books up for grabs, and the winning poems will be exhibited at the new museum and library, as well as being read by a professional actor at the Doncaster Book Awards finale.

Send us your recordings and poems to phil.sheppard@literacytrust.org.uk by 25th June 2021.  Good luck - we cannot wait to see and hear your poems!