We are at the BRAND NEW Doncaster Museum to launch an exciting competition with National Literacy Trust and Doncaster Book Awards. This year’s book awards theme is ‘steam trains’.
We want you to write a poem about trains
to celebrate Doncaster’s rich heritage for constructing the greatest steam trains of all time.
Use steam trains as inspiration when writing your poems. Trains are the beginning of journeys. Where can your poems take you? What can you see, smell and hear on your journey?
Think of clever ways to change the structure of your poem. You could change the speed of your poem, just as a train would rush through the country side or ease into a station at a snails pace. Make great use of onomatopoeia, words with an associated sound, to recreate the majesty of a steam train as it lets of sssssssteam or whistles and toots its entrance into Doncaster station. We are so excited to receive your poem entries. At the Doncaster Book Award finale it will be my pleasure to read the winning entries. Winning entries win a rucksack stuffed with new books!
But wait, it’s not time to set off yet. There is more!
We want your school to recite a poem for us:
the spectacular ‘From a Railway Carriage’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
If you speak another language, we'd love to receive steam train poems in your home language too, such as the Polish poem 'Lokomotywa' by Julian Tuwim.
Safe Journey. All aboard!
Earlier this year, we launched a creative writing competition in conjunction with the Rotary and Connecting Stories from the National Literacy Trust. Children had to write a piece on the theme of 'A Changing World'. We are now proud to announce the winners, selected by judges from the DBA, NLT, Rotary and author Cat Wheldon...
A selection of entries will be published in the Connecting Stories anthology from the National Literacy Trust, which can be viewed online at
All schools that entered will win a bundle of books and a DBA t-shirt for every child who entered.
A huge thank you to everyone who entered! Don't forget to enter our trains competition (details further above)!