East Midlands
East Midlands Regional Final: What a Performance!

East Midlands Regional Final: What a Performance!

The evening was filled to the brim with passionate and confident performances from all of the slam teams in the East Midlands  – they set the bar extremely high! Their poetic pieces were delivered with such tremendous energy and displayed what can only be described as a bottomless hunger for poetry! Congratulations to all our teams,...
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...
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...
In the Spotlight: Catherine Rogers of Writing East Midlands

In the Spotlight: Catherine Rogers of Writing East Midlands

In the Spotlight introduces you to someone new who’s involved in Shake the Dust. Catherine Rogers is Education and Programme Manager at Writing East Midlands, our Consulting Slam Producer in the East Midlands.
In the Spotlight: Bea Udeh Nottingham Playhouse

In the Spotlight: Bea Udeh Nottingham Playhouse

In the Spotlight introduces you to someone new who’s involved in Shake the Dust. Bea Udeh is a Creative Producer at Nottingham Playhouse, our Venue Partner in the East Midlands. What do you love about your venue? I love the fact that Nottingham Playhouse is in the centre of the city, but it’s also sort...
Poetry Changed Me: Gayatri Dave

Poetry Changed Me: Gayatri Dave

Poetry Changed Me is a series of blog post in which young people, teachers, parents, poets, arts professionals and all kinds of people talk about how poetry has impacted their lives. Gayatri Dave is part of Mouthy Poets in Nottingham, and is currently taking a gap year to consider her future plans, learn new skills...
In the Spotlight: Deborah Stevenson of The Mouthy Poets

In the Spotlight: Deborah Stevenson of The Mouthy Poets

Introducing Deborah Stevenson, founder and director of The Mouthy Poets, consulting slam producer for Shake the Dust in the East Midlands… Tell us about the work you do with young people Like most spoken word artists, I do a number or different things. I teach, facilitate workshops, mentor, am a professional tutor of Poetry and...