What is Make a Difference in a Minute?

You are invited to submit a poem on a different theme about someone who has suffered human rights abuses. This could be a personal response, or a poem in solidarity or protest.

The 'Make a Difference in a Minute' challenge is to write a poem on a human rights issue that can be performed in one minute.

Current poetry action

Make a Difference in a Minute and write poems in support of the Families Together campaign which calls for more refugee families to be able to live in safety in the UK. 

You could use one of these lines to get started:

  • Being with my family is like…
  • Family is…
  • Being without my family is like…

Or explore the theme ‘time spent with my family’ and take inspiration from poets Valerie Bloom and Dean Atta’s examples. 

You can submit a poem for the Families Together campaign in written form, as an audio clip or as a video. This can be taken using a smartphone or any other recording device you have available.

Share your poetry on social media using the #wordsthatburn hashtag and the title of your poem. 

What is Words That Burn?

Words That Burn is a national project to explore and express human rights through poetry, in partnership with Cheltenham Festivals.

Find out more and take part in Words That Burn

Why is it important?

We exist to protect human rights and people at risk around the world. We know the power of creative solidarity to fight human rights abuse and we want to support you and your students to use poetry to take action.

How to submit poems

You can submit a poem in written form, as an audio clip or as a video. This can be taken using a smartphone or any other recording device you have available. Remember, the challenge is to stick to a minute or under!

A selection of poems will be chosen and showcased on our website. We will let you know if a poem is selected.