Sixty promising young poets will make their artistic debut on the television screens of Brighton & Hove Buses’ new extended-range electric buses later this month.
Twenty-five of the children were treated to a tour around Whitehawk Bus Garage last week, including a drive through the bus wash and a bus ride down to the seafront.
During the bus ride, the children tucked into popcorn and watched a behind-the-scenes film of their creative process, followed by a screening of the poems themselves.
The bus company teamed up with Brighton & Hove-based charity Little Green Pig, which offers a programme of free creative writing projects to young people across Sussex.
Children were asked to write a poem about their experiences on Brighton & Hove buses and what the theme ‘Live & Breathe’ meant to them.
The bus company launched its Live & Breathe campaign last year to show its ongoing commitment to improving air quality in the city and tackling climate change.
The poems will appear on the TV screens of all 30 of the company’s new buses, which run primarily on the city’s route 5. Local artist Aaron Blecha’s energetic illustrations accompany the children’s poetry.
Brighton & Hove Buses’ Managing Director Martin Harris said: “I’m so pleased the children’s words will be on our new buses. Just a few minutes listening to our children talking about the planet is enough to inspire anyone to want to do more and work harder on the journey that we are all on together.”