Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.

Tessy’s poem features on a series of posters on board Stagecoach North East buses

Thousands of passengers are reading the powerful words of Excelsior Academy pupils describing life on Tyneside as they journey on Stagecoach North East buses.

The ground-breaking Young Writers City at Excelsior creative project has linked up with the leading bus company to showcase students’ work on buses across Newcastle.

Poetry describing life from the experiences and imaginations of Excelsior pupils is now framed on windows inside buses.

Pupils performed their work to a rapturous audience at Sage Gateshead in July in an event managed by New Writing North, the creative arts project which established the Young Writers City at Excelsior project to draw out creative young talent from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Tessy Idemudia, 14, is one of the pupils whose work is being carried on Stagecoach North East buses – she wrote movingly about what her mother means to her in the poem ‘My Mother is Fire.’

“It’s really personal, it’s about my mother and what she means to me,” said Tessy.

“I wanted to write a poem about her, about Nigeria and about Africa. When I read it out at Sage Gateshead it was the first time she’d heard it and she was buzzing.

“All my friends have seen my poem on the bus and whenever they see it they send pictures to me.

“I feel really special. I get on the bus everyday from Monday to Friday and I never thought I could be one of those people you see on the adverts. It is really important to let kids do this.

“It shows them you don’t have to be an actor, you don’t have to be a model or singer or someone important to be on the bus – you can represent the community.”