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Exciting Slam Times in the South West!

Exciting Slam Times in the South West!

What do you get if you mix talented young poets, breakdancing, beat boxing, rhythm and rhyme, and lines of words? An excited room full of anticipation for the South West Regional Final, that’s what! The South West brought passion mixed with nerves and highly potent new words never performed before, by some children who had...
The London Regional Final was... A-MAZ-ING!

The London Regional Final was… A-MAZ-ING!

The Albany was shaken up by the loudest enthusiastic audience I’d seen for a while, as the Regional Final finally made its way into South London. The night was a massive success due to the always-wonderful host, G.R.E.Ed.S and his ongoing list of catchphrases and audience participation, excited audience members (some of them expressed their...
Regional Finals land in Stockton...

Regional Finals land in Stockton…

North-Easteners came out to support their region’s finest young poetic talent in this Regional Final at the ARC, Stockton, with their teachers, support workers, poet coaches and shadow artists gathering for what was to be one of the best days of their lives. Everyone was willing them to do well and show how the North-East gets down in...
Slamming Their Hearts Out In Four Days Time ...It's Yorkshire

Slamming Their Hearts Out In Four Days Time …It’s Yorkshire

FOUR days to go! … and Yorkshire’s slam is here! Excitement is detonating inside of me, and flames of positivity surround!! As a shadow artist on this project I have truly enjoyed every step of way. The past ten weeks has been a road of deep expression, pure inspiration, and wonderful development. The most rewarding part of the project is perhaps the...
West Midlands Shake it Up!

West Midlands Shake it Up!

The young slam teams in the West Midlands shook things up big style during their Shake the Dust, Regional Final that took place on Saturday 9th June at The Drum, Birmingham.  The awaiting crowd welcomed the five teams of young people from: – Broadway School – Holyhead School – Stockland Green School – Queensbridge School – Woodrush School All the slam teams were lucky enough to...
The Regional Final's Arrived! Go North West!

The Regional Final’s Arrived! Go North West!

The Regional Final had arrived! It was time to unleash the talented poetry from our Shake the Dust teams in the North West. After months of preparation, crafting and practicing the Regional Final was upon us! The young slam teams in the North West Region blew us away with their outstanding poetic performances! The groups were coached by dedicated poets...
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)

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...
National Shake the Dust Weekend

National Shake the Dust Weekend

  So time is ticking until the National Shake the Dust Weekend springs itself on us on 5-7 July at the Southbank Centre. We’ve already had the highest scoring team of the first Regional Final in the East region book their rightful place at the Final, but now it’s time for you to join in...
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...
Let the words do the talking

Let the words do the talking

Our introduction to the team saw a small collection of teenagers walk through the youth club doors in little Wythall. I felt lucky because what teenagers these days come in to write poetry during the Easter holidays? To be honest, I was worried. Nervous at the thought of working to paralyse the stigma surrounding the...