‘Footsteps to Freedom’ by Megan Dennison

To officially launch our programme in Hull, in partnership with Hull UK City of Culture, our students experienced a First Story first: a writing event at The Deep in Hull, the world’s only submarium! In this incredible venue, First Story students spent a memorable day writing while surrounded by aquatic life. Rubbing shoulders with penguins and sharks was not the only treat in store for these young writers: in the afternoon, First Story’s patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall attended a presentation ceremony for the winner of the ‘Footprints Around Hull’ writing competition. Many congratulations to Sirius Academy West student Megan Dennison, who read her winning piece to The Duchess of Cornwall and a packed auditorium.

Footsteps to Freedom

In early September,
a familiar path illuminates Hull’s Old Town
replacing the burnt out street lamps
along Humber Street.
Streets we all know so well
morph into rivers and
oceans of light.
Amongst the kaleidoscope of colour,
groups of all ages
from the young to the old
walk the walk of freedom.
Each footstep tells the same story:
a story of a man
who took this path before us.
A story of a man
who believed in equality.
A story of a man
who had fought for what he believed.

Click here to download a PDF version of Megan’s poem


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