Emma’s poetry is helping to beat cyberbullies with powerful words

A POEM written by talented Greenfield actress and budding author Emma Sykes was chosen to highlight an international day of recognition against cyberbullying.

Emma Sykes

Emma’s moving words were then spoken in an online video featuring Instagram star Chessie King.

The short film has now been seen by more than 700,000 people and is a prelude to Emma’s first book of poetry, Making Waves, to be published in September.

“People of my generation know there is a lot of stuff online and so-cial media which is really negative,” said Emma. “It can have awful consequences.

“So, it is an important message to get out there. But I didn’t expect the film to be seen by so many people.”

Emma wrote the poem in less than a day while also appearing in the recent production of Barnbow Canaries by Uppermill Stage Society.

Also a member of Saddleworth Players, the 20-year-old former St Mary’s junior school pupil regularly works with Manchester -based Bank of Creativity to put her poems to short films, many of them shot in Saddleworth locations.

“Acting is my biggest passion,” said Emma. “I love to be on the stage.

“But the poetry and the spoken word does compliment that because it is a style of performance.
“I never considered myself to be a writer. It’s all come out of the blue.”

Aged 18, having left Oldham Hulme Grammar and with only a week’s notice Emma accepted an offer to join a theatre company in America.

“It was scary but the best decision I ever made,” she said.

“We were encouraged to write a journal and from there the words became more lyrical and turned into poetry.

“It was a hobby but I would put the poetry forward to test the waters. A lot of people commented that it was good but really I have been taken by surprise.”

Stop Cyberbullying Day is an internationally recognized day of awareness and activities both on and offline that was founded and launched by The Cybersmile Foundation in June 2012.

Annually, every third Friday in June, Stop Cyberbullying Day encourages people around the world to show their commitment toward an inclusive and diverse online environment for all – without fear of personal threats, harassment or abuse.

Filmmaker Nick Entwistle said: “This year we wanted to spread an even more powerful message by bringing together some amazing people to create a spoken word piece that we hope will inspire people to be kinder online.

“The short film brings to life a spoken poem that touches on the subject of online harassment and cyberbullying and how words can have an impact on people.”

• To view the video with Chessie King and hear Emma’s poem visit:
stopcyberbullyingday.org

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