The Poetry Centre is a partner in the Leeds Peace Poetry Competition. Since 2012 it has offered writing workshops, administered the judging, and hosted the prize-giving. Established in 2003 by the organisation Together For Peace, the competition has become a well-established event attracting thousands of entries. Its aims are to increase skills in poetry and to encourage people to explore peace and justice issues through creative writing. Prizes are awarded in three categories: primary school, secondary school and adult. There are also school prizes for best set of entries in each of the two educational categories. More than thirty schools have taken part in the last three competitions and the University’s Great Hall has been the venue for the gala prize-giving on the last three occasions. Recent chief judges include Ian Duhig, Helen Mort, Malika Booker, Simon Armitage, Zaffar Kunial, and Jason Allen-Paisant. Themes for recent competitions have been 'Refugees', ‘The Inequalities of Food', and 'Golbal Health Justice'.
Read more about Leeds Peace Poetry on their website.