Creative Writing Challenge 2

After the success of our first Creative Writing Challenge (view some of the submissions here), we are delighted to set the second challenge!

This time the music is this performance of Deep River by Braimah, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason. Braimah is one of our Associate Artists, and we are very grateful to him for sharing this video with us for the Challenge. If you enjoy it, you can find other performances by the Kanneh-Masons on Sheku’s Facebook Page.

How to take the challenge (Challenge 2):
The challenge is free and open to all, but specifically designed for all children aged 4-11.
All you have to do is listen to this piece of music.

What does it make you feel? What does it make you imagine? Where does it take you – to another landscape, another time, another body?

Now, either while you’re listening to the music or immediately afterwards, create a poem, story or any other response to the music.

You don’t have to know anything about the music to take the challenge. Just think about how it makes you feel and get writing!

Send your finished work to by Monday 13 July.
Please include your name and your age. If you have worked with Apollo musicians in school, please also include your school and year group.
It’s not a competition, but writers will receive a certificate and the musicians will select their favourite pieces of writing for display on the Apollo Music Projects website.

We can’t wait to see your creations!

For more information or our press release, please email

Entries for this and for past challenges are still welcomed after the deadline!