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10 impressions from the Shake the Dust Weekend

10 impressions from the Shake the Dust Weekend

I have overdosed on poetry … My head is crammed with words but I don’t know how to get them out. The Shake the Dust weekend at the Southbank Centre in London was an explosion of emotions and an overload of impressions. I’ll share ten of my finest moment, in no order of importance:  ...
Stirred, Shaken and Swept Away at South East Regional Finals

Stirred, Shaken and Swept Away at South East Regional Finals

You could hear the dust shake at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton where the South East regional final took place last night. MC Kenny Baraka had the crowd with him, saying: Shake the … And the crowd responded by making a noise that actually sounded like dust being stirred up, shaken, swept away.   I...
Interview with Poetry Coach Chris Bennett

Interview with Poetry Coach Chris Bennett

  Chris Bennett  is one of the poetry coaches in the South East. Together with Paul Cree he coaches a team of young people at the Forest Education Centre in Hampshire.   When and how did you start writing and performing poetry? I’d written poetry since I was a kid, then, in 1989 I’d been...
Eastenders Inspired Truce Poems

Eastenders Inspired Truce Poems

  The Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College team is well on their way to the final. At the first workshop not a single word was written down and I was a bit worried about how to turn play into poetry, but with a little help from East Enders everything is possible. Last week the students...
Shadows in the Light

Shadows in the Light

One thing that is unique about Shake the Dust is that up and coming poets get a chance to work with more experienced poetry workshop facilitators. My coach Mike Parker has gradually given me more and more responsibility, and as a result my confidence has grown both as a poet and a person. I hooked...
Magical Moments

Magical Moments

The second Shake the Dust development day for Poet Coaches and Shadows took place yesterday at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton. It was great to catch up with each other and share our experiences so far. Jacob Sam-La Rose, the artistic director of the project, is a firm believer of trying all the exercises yourself...
“fish and chips” and “nachos with dips”

“fish and chips” and “nachos with dips”

After only three sessions, the Shake the Dust team from  South East already act like professionals. At the assembly, just before breaking up for the Easter holidays, the budding slammers performed a poem in front of the whole school. Going to a sports college means the students are well familiar with the Olympic and Paralympic values...
Hello from the South East Digital Champion

Hello from the South East Digital Champion

Every day is a battle with language. There are endless ways of expressing what you feel and think, but most of the time we just speak, not even aware of what words we use. My name is Louise Halvardsson (“Lou Ice” on stage); I was born in Sweden but have lived in Brighton on and...