A student from Edge Hill University has won the chance to perform her own spoken word poem for Virgin Trains’ ‘All Change’ video.

To celebrate National Poetry Day last month, Virgin Trains and Birmingham Live joined forces to give Birmingham’s young poets the chance to submit a video of themselves performing a spoken word poem.

Third year Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour student Nicole Murphy, (20) from the West Midlands, was selected as one of four finalists.

“I entered because it sounded completely different to anything I had done poetry-wise before, so I thought it be would be a great experience and it is quite hard to pursue a career in spoken word or poetry, so I like to grasp every opportunity I can,” said Nicole.

The four finalists were then tasked with joining a return Virgin service to a destination in the UK, and during the length of their journey were asked to write a poem based around the theme of ‘Change’ using their surroundings as inspiration.

During the journey, the Virgin Trains team also recorded a special documentary-style video to profile each of the poets.

“The task was very challenging but also fun and interesting,” said Nicole. “I struggle to write under pressure, so it was a great opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone, and I’d love to do similar things in the future.”

When she graduates, Nicole hopes to use her love of poetry along with the skills she’s learned on her course to help youth offenders.

“I absolutely love my course,” said Nicole. “Crime is an area I’ve always been interested in, however I had never academically studied it before coming to Edge Hill. Now I’m looking into a career working with offenders and their mental health.

“I’d love to bring out digital downloads and a book of some of my pieces, and facilitate poetry workshops with offenders as a form of art therapy.”

Nicole, along with the other three poets, will perform their poems at a one-off poetry event in at Digbeth Dining Club in Birmingham on Thursday 29th November.

Find out more about studying Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour here.

Watch Nicole perform her winning poem below.