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Shake the Dust: Regional Final (East)

Shake the Dust: Regional Final (East)

On Friday 25th May, the first Shake the Dust Regional Final took place at The Garage to a sold-out crowd welcoming the four young slam teams in the form of the following schools and organisations: – The Netherhall School – Sheringham High School – Caister High School – The Voyager Academy Plus a very special guest team from...
Andy Bennett – My Poetry Hero(es)

Andy Bennett – My Poetry Hero(es)

It’s tricky for me to pick just one poetry hero. I think as a writer, one is influenced by everything (and everyone) you read, see, and hear. So, to make it easier for myself, I’ve decided to split my heroes into two categories: alive and dead. The dead ones are easy – their poetry is...
Shake the Dust | Andy's Video

Shake the Dust | Andy’s Video

Check out Andy in the (East), shaking things up a bit with this excellent Trailer …enjoy!            
Poetry By The Sea

Poetry By The Sea

Today, eight children and I stood on the soggy North Norfolk coast and shouted poems at the sea. Why? Because we could. This was the culmination of our first day-long session with our final Shake The Dust team. We’d spent the day in a renovated lifeboat house, experimenting with all kinds of poetic word games:...
Greetings from the East

Greetings from the East

Hello! The hippie in the picture above is me: Andy Bennett – poet, comedian, and East Region Digital Champion for Shake The Dust. I’m quite excited to be a Digital Champion, as it makes me sound rather dashing, like a 21st Century Robin Hood, only with YouTube clips instead of arrows. I’m working with the...
Poetry Changed Me: Olly Leonard

Poetry Changed Me: Olly Leonard

In Poetry Changed Me, all kinds of people talk about how poetry has affected their lives. This post from is from fourteen-year old Olly Leonard: on school, slamming and Sienna Miller… Poetry has completely changed me: it has changed the way that I think, it has changed the way that I see life and it...
In the Spotlight: Laura Stimson of Writers' Centre Norwich

In the Spotlight: Laura Stimson of Writers’ Centre Norwich

Welcome to In the Spotlight. In each post, we’ll introduce someone new who’s involved in Shake the Dust… Laura Stimson is Creative Writing Coordinator (Artist & Artform) at Writers’ Centre Norwich, our consulting slam producer in the East. What inspired you to work in the arts? I love ideas. I like seeing those ideas become...