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I just saw a guitar floating down the Thames

I just saw a guitar floating down the Thames

After West Midlands Poet Coach Brenda Read-Brown saw a guitar floating down the Thames during the Shake the Dust Weekend, she was challenged to write a piece about it. Here’s the brilliant poem she came up with! I just saw a guitar floating down the Thames You played that song for her, And now you’ll...
Shake the Dust: Slammin' It in 2012!

Shake the Dust: Slammin’ It in 2012!

Shake the Dust is a nationwide youth poetry slam, giving young people the opportunity to work with leading spoken word poets to write, perform and compete with their words. As Olympic and Paralympics athletes train, young people from across the country are working with leading spoken word artists to share their stories and find their voices through slam poetry. Get...
The importance of youth slam: An interview with Dr. Helen Gregory

The importance of youth slam: An interview with Dr. Helen Gregory

We start 2012 with a special interview with Dr Helen Gregory, performance poet, lecturer and researcher in the benefits of youth poetry slam. Tell us a bit about yourself I teach psychology at the University of Gloucestershire and carry out research into the arts as part of my job there. I’m particularly interested in poetry,...
International Focus: Peter Kahn

International Focus: Peter Kahn

In International Focus, we talk to leading poetry practitioners from outside the UK about slam. Peter Kahn is co-founder of the London Teenage Poetry Slam and founding member of Malika’s Kitchen in Chicago. He has nearly twenty years experience working with young people as both a social worker and teacher. Based at Oak Park & River...
Words and images from the Open Artist Masterclasses

Words and images from the Open Artist Masterclasses

We’re coming to the end of the Open Artist Masterclasses, which have been running around the country over the past couple of months. These sessions gave poets and spoken word artists the chance to learn, improve and build on their skills in delivering poetry workshops for young people. Led by Jacob Sam-La Rose with support...
Shake the Dust begins

Shake the Dust begins

I’m really excited by the launch of our new Shake the Dust website. This project has been in development for a long time so it’s fantastic that there is now an online space for all the information to be brought together about what’s happening now and what’s being planned for next year. Firstly, this autumn...
Champions of the Word

Champions of the Word

Anyone who’s witnessed a group of young people up on stage, putting everything they’ve got into a slam poetry performance, will know that youth slam is alive and well in the UK. Across the country, diverse and different slam programmes bring poetry into schools, theatres, community centres and youth groups, making it meaningful for all...