Winning wordsmith

Never Such Innocence, which runs an annual international poetry, art, speech and song competition for youngsters aged nine to 18, focusing on conflict and its impact, has announced its 2020-21 winners. Army ch...

A military child

This heart-felt poem, by army child Tyler Larkin, topped the age 9-11 poetry category in the Never Such Innocence poetry, art, speech and song competition. It runs annually for youngsters aged nine to 18, and t...

The son of a soldier

To commemorate April’s Month of the Military Child, we are sharing a poignant poem written by year 11 pupil, Jese Raratabu, from Wavell School, who wrote it as part of his English GCSE work during lockdown… Be...

Paperchains award-winning entries

Following the Paperchains Project, a lockdown initiative which created a spotlight for young people, including armed forces families, to express their feelings through art, poetry or writing, Army&You is de...

The Paperchains Project

The idea for Paperchains came from author A.G. Smith, whose ground-breaking work in prisons has been highlighted by Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire and BBC Radio 4’s PM. It was created following the Prime Minist...

Writing from the heart

Army veteran and Never Such Innocence (NSI) Poet in Residence Clive Sanders writes poems on a daily basis and when he posts them on his Facebook page, tens of thousands of people view them. Here, he shares how ...

A package arrives

Hywel Griffiths was working as an operational dog handler with Gwent Police, when he was told by a neurologist that he was suffering with Parkinson’s disease. He has since been raising awareness of Parkinson’s ...

Tears

A wonderful poem by army veteran and poet, Clive Sanders She looked at herself in the mirror, As she carefully came down the stairs, For her husband would soon be coming home, The answer to all of her...

Military wife in lockdown

Thank you to army spouse Katy McGarry, who has shared her poem, Military Wife in Lockdown, with us. Katy wrote the poem to show how military wives are made for lockdown. She hopes it will empower other military...

Community creativity

During the height of lockdown, BFBS invited the armed forces community around the world to get creative in photography, arts & crafts, videography and written word/audio, in its Forces Voices competition. ...