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RIME: Research Inspires ME poetry competition

  • Clock outlineThursday 4 February 2021, 08:00 - Friday 30 April 2021, 17:00
  • Available in Welsh

We have developed a free education pack designed for use by English, Welsh, science and PSE teachers.

One of the activities in the pack involves composing a poem about cancer research. The poetry activity has been developed through collaboration with cancer researchers and poets. Acclaimed writers Owen Sheers and Ifor ap Glyn (National Poet of Wales) have devised film-poems about cancer research to inspire children to come up with poems of their own for a competition.

Children are asked to imagine they are a cancer researcher and come up with a poem. This not only inspires future career pathways in both science and literature, but also improves literacy skills.

The poets will pick one winner in Welsh and one winner in English who will receive £150 each in book tokens for their school and have their poem displayed publicly at a cancer research facility.

The education pack includes guidance around delivering this activity as part of a lesson. It is available to download for free from the Wales Cancer Research Centre website.

The deadline for entries is 30 April 2021.

About the organiser

This activity is organised by Wales Cancer Research Centre. Contact Jodie Bond at for more details.

No booking required.

TicketThis activity is free

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  • TickTeachers
  • TickKey stage three - ages 11-14, years 7-9

Teacher supervision is required.

Curriculum themes

  • TickExpressive arts
  • TickHealth and wellbeing
  • TickHumanities
  • TickLanguages, literacy and communication
  • TickScience and technology
  • TickLife sciences
  • TickWelsh
  • TickDigital competency
  • TickCareers and employability
  • TickExtracurricular

Activity type

  • TickActivity
  • TickCompetition
  • TickOnline resource
  • TickWorkshop


  • TickCareers and employability
  • TickEngagement with our research
  • TickExtracurricular or independent learning
  • TickSupporting curriculum themes

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  • Swansea University
  • Wales Cancer Research Centre
  • Welsh Government