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Shake The Dust: Regional Final (East Midlands)

Shake The Dust: Regional Final (East Midlands)

  The culmination of over 5 months worth of workshopping, team forming, poetry writing, performance developing and life-altering personal journey’s: Nottingham Playhouse was near-visually quaking with the approaching passionate voices of region East Midland’s Shake The Dust slam teams, each ready to showcase their poems on a looming stage where 4 mic stands stood nervously...
Jim Hall: Poetry Heroes

Jim Hall: Poetry Heroes

Hello.  Jim Hall, shadow for poet coach John Berkavitch, working with Leicester New College, here are a few words on a poet I’m excited to share with you. The moment I first heard a poem by U.S poet Andrea Gibson was one of those experiences that will forever stick with me. The kind of discovery...
Taking Steps as a Shadow Artist

Taking Steps as a Shadow Artist

“I used to think poetry was just standing on stage and saying loads of stuff, but it’s so fun. You can even dance to it.” – Shake the Dust workshop Participant. Acting as a shadow artist on Shake The Dust has been anything but easy.  Two and half months in, it’s safe-enough to book a tattoo artist...
Scattered opening reflections of an eyes-always-opened shadow.

Scattered opening reflections of an eyes-always-opened shadow.

“Poetry is rubbish mate. I can’t do it anyway, I just don’t do poetry.” You will be surprised how deeply those words can impact, and how much they inspire you to prove that anyone is capable of writing something meaningful. Almost as much as it makes you start doubting the term “poetry” as a welcoming...
Shake The Dust: ready? On your marks, set, go!

Shake The Dust: ready? On your marks, set, go!

Take one experienced, established poet coach by the name of Jon Berkavitch. Introduce one local emerging poet, Jim Hall acting as his shadow. (Oh yes, that’s us: myself left, Jon right.) Assign the pair Nottingham’s QMX dance academy as their hub in which to form a youth poetry slam team representing one strand of the...