Poems in English written by Hong Kong school children will be displayed on buses over the next six months under a University of Hong Kong project to promote the craft of poetry. The HKU Moving Poetry project, launched in April as part of the university's 90th anniversary celebrations, brought together 160 students from 20 primary and secondary schools to be taught the art of writing poetry at Saturday workshops. Special guests joined the students in reading the poems on board two buses - sponsored by KMB and First Bus - on a journey from Admiralty to HKU during a carnival last weekend. The event also marked the launch of Moving Poetry, a collection of selected works from the project - and said to be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The project is far from over. The poems would be displayed on buses for another six months and a second book was planned for next autumn, said Page Richards, assistant professor of English at HKU. More workshops and master classes would be held next year for students and teachers, she added. Cathay Pacific will feature the poems in its in-flight magazines. The extended project will involve even more students, including those in schools on outlying islands. 'Hopefully poem-writing will penetrate the school curriculum and teachers will be interested in teaching the craft and perceiving it differently,' said Dr Richards, who is now contacting schools about the forthcoming workshops. The project was co-organised by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research, with the support of the Language Fund. The poems collected were a counter to negative stories of English-language decline in the SAR, said HKU chair professor of English, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, who edited the Moving Poetry with Dr Richards. The poems could help nurture and encourage the kind of expressive talent needed to grow a creative writing culture in Hong Kong, she added. The next poetry project will focus on neighbourhoods. Dr Richards hopes the resulting book would serve as a guide to Hong Kong, so people can view the city in a new light.