The Commonwealth Voices shortlisting panel convened on Monday 19th March and, after extensive deliberations, six finalists were selected to progress to the competition’s Live Grand Final. All entries were assessed on the basis of originality, clarity of communication, creativity and performance and the shortlisted finalists excelled in all four categories.

All six finalists went on to perform their spoken word performance poetry in front of a live audience at the Lancashire Civic Leaders’ Commonwealth Celebration Event, where they had the opportunity to share their vision for a fairer and brighter future with some of Lancashire’s most prominent civic, community and business leaders. After an evening of thought-provoking and inspirational entertainment, our esteemed panel of judges – including the Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth, KG, KCVO, internationally-acclaimed poet and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay MBE and Dr Yvonne Reddick, winner of a Northern Writers’ Award – shared the outcome of their deliberations.

We are delighted to announce the Commonwealth Voices winners and runners-up:

Anna Rosling-Morey

Ripley St Thomas C of E Academy, Lancaster

Saoirse O’Neill

Westholme School, Blackburn

Abdullah Desai,
Mohammed Ilyas Patel
& Uthman Shaikh

Eden Boys’ School, Preston


Libby McGregor & Wami Tucker

Ripley St Thomas C of E Academy, Lancaster

Umbreen Muhammad & Alicia Blake

Blackburn Central High School

Oliver Brogan

Westholme School, Blackburn

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