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Almond short-listed for the John Byrne Award!

Three female school pupils reading a poemWhat is important to us? Do current values support this? Are there things we would like to change about the world around us?

These are some of the questions that the John Byrne Award invites us to address. The art award invites entries from senior pupils across Edinburgh. The entry can be any piece of art – play, song, painting or, in our case, a poem.

Almond have made the short-listed for the award with their poem ‘Life in the Fast Lane – or – Love me, Love my Wheelchair’.  Out of 45 entries to the award our senior class has beaten off the competition to make it down to the final 12.

The winner will be announced by the legendary playwright and artist himself on November 20th. Read Almond’s poem below, visit the John Byrne Award site for more information and watch the video at the end of the post to see our pupils in action!

Life in the Fast Lane
– Or –
Love me, Love my Wheelchair

Do you look at me and think I’m a prisoner in my wheelchair?
Is this my capture site?
No way.

Move your mind and see me in a different way.

Let me tell you this…
My wheelchair sets me free.
My wheelchair gives me power and confidence- inside and out.

So I’m warning you…..

Don’t stare at me in my wheelchair unless
You recognise me as DJ Dylan, King of the Golden oldies

Don’t stare at me in my wheelchair unless
My wheel has fallen off up the toon and you can help me

Don’t stare at me in my wheelchair unless
You want a giggle with me

Don’t stare at me unless
You think I’m cute

Don’t stare at me in my wheelchair unless
You like my Mohican hair

Don’t stare at me in my wheelchair unless
You envy my purple suede trainers (and  mine will stay looking good a lot longer than yours)

Don’t stare at me in my wheelchair unless
You recognise me as a huge One Direction fan. I even wear their perfume!

Ok you can stare at me in my wheelchair
But only if
YOU FANCY ME

Best of luck Almond!