2022 Year 4 Joint Third Prize
Matchgirls by Sajida
Sometimes when I talk or I am late then
I don’t get paid.
I wash, I cook and I clean.
I am small I am poor I need the
My tongue feels like a factory.
I have to work more.
My skin got better
I improved strike.
It’s tough but I got through it.
I have a mean boss.
I am very old.
I have no money.
On 5th July 2022, a new English Heritage Blue Plaque was unveiled at Bow Quarter (the old Bryant and May Factory) to commemorate the Matchgirls Strike of 1888.
The Matchgirls Memorial ran a schools poetry competition to celebrate the unveiling.
Judges were Alice Trickey-Roberts, English Heritage Education Visits Officer, Tanya Landman, Author, Emma Purshouse, Writer and and Poet.
Sajida from Blue Gate Fields Primary School won joint Third prize in the Year 4 category with the poem, 'Matchgirls'.