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Southbank Young Producers Shake the Dust!

Southbank Young Producers Shake the Dust!

Southbank Centre Young Producers have been working together throughout the summer to create a series of events around the Southbank’s summer festivals, including Shake the Dust! They put together Friday Phonic and the aftershow party. This film captures one of the events curated by the team! Film made by Myles McAuliffe and Gustav Newby of...
Shaking the Dust at the Slam Final

Shaking the Dust at the Slam Final

Here’s Dr Helen Gregory – performance poet, lecturer and researcher – with her take on the atmosphere of the Shake the Dust Slam Final. On my way to London I worried that I wouldn’t have anything to write about, wouldn’t notice anything new. After all, I was only making a flying visit to the slam...
The Final Shake Up!

The Final Shake Up!

Here’s a word from Laurie Bolger, our Digital, Marketing & Communications Intern…Lovely stuff. “Shake the Dust is the biggest National Youth Slam ever attempted! So far we have had workshops, we have had some unbelievable performances all over the country at the Regional Finals and now it’s time to take all that energy and talent to another level...
Patrick Bethell - Ambition

Patrick Bethell – Ambition

Film Producer and Photographer Patrick Bethell tells Shake the Dust how words and lyrics changed him in the inspiring 360° blogpost… “As a kid ambition can be anything, everybody would try and strive to be the professional footballer or a famous dancer. In fact I remember saying to my Mum at the age of 8 that I...
A word from Andy - "Music, lyrics and poetry transform an artist on stage..."

A word from Andy – “Music, lyrics and poetry transform an artist on stage…”

Andy Cooke, a musician from the Punk/Rock band, Fighting Fiction, tells us @Shake the Dust how performing your words on stage can turn anyone into the most powerful and confident person in the world… “In regards to poetry and lyrics I think it’s amazing how they can make you feel something, whether it’s a nice feeling...
'ave a Word Dan!

‘ave a Word Dan!

Our Marketing and Digital Officer @ Apples and Snakes, Mr. Dan Simpson tells us about his experience of working on National Youth Project, Shake the Dust… “Hi there! Apples and Snakes Dan Simpson here! For the past six months, I’ve been working on telling everyone who will listen about Shake the Dust, and recently I’ve been...
"Before Money" a poem from Consulting Slam Producer: Deborah Stevenson

“Before Money” a poem from Consulting Slam Producer: Deborah Stevenson

A word from Deborah Stevenson one of Shake the Dust’s fantastic Consulting Slam Producer’s. “One of the most unexpected exciting elements of being the Shake the Dust Consulting Slam Producer and Artist Liason is the amount of inspiration it has given me. Every time I visit a workshop I become a participant and I get...
360° | Shake off Childhood Shyness and Shake the Dust!

360° | Shake off Childhood Shyness and Shake the Dust!

This is what Shake the Dust is all about, changing lives and bringing people together through the power of poetry. Writer and performer Paul Cree tells us about getting heard with spoken word!  “Of the experiences I’ve gained so far in poetry workshops, one of the most challenging tasks has been trying to convince young...
Raymond Antrobus's 12 steps to Spoken Word.

Raymond Antrobus’s 12 steps to Spoken Word.

Shake the Dust’s Shadow Artist, Raymond Antrobus gave up his job as a Personal Trainer to pursue a career as a Spoken Word artist. As the Shake the Dust Regional finals are in full swing Ray lets Shake the Dust in on the 12 steps he recommends when perusing a career in Spoken Word. 1. Read as hard as...
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...
Rebecca Tantony: A Love of Words

Rebecca Tantony: A Love of Words

When I was seven I wrote a poem called, ‘How the Wind Blows’. It was pretty self-explanatory. It talked about how the wind blows, and how in its ‘blowing’ it was able to get everything moving. People walked to work faster, trees rattled excitedly like old bones or false teeth; when the wind blew the...