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Shake the Dust this is not the end, but a new beginning

Shake the Dust this is not the end, but a new beginning

For few months I have had the pleasure of working on a project called Shake The Dust which is a poetry slam initiative. I was working with the Manchester Old Trafford Young Identity Branch led by Poet and MC Frisko (Ali Gadema) http://www.shakethedust.co.uk/shaker/teams/north-west/ He’s probably one of the most passionate men I have met in...
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...
The North West Regional final: "It's only the beginning!"

The North West Regional final: “It’s only the beginning!”

    Hey guys! What a journey this has all been up to now, after ten workshops all the groups from Young Identity Old Trafford, Sale Grammar, Accrington Academy, Salford Academy and Chorlton High School were ready for what they had been working toward, the shake the dust regional North West Final. I felt like I was...
1 Month Until Regional Finals - "I used to sit where they sit"

1 Month Until Regional Finals – “I used to sit where they sit”

I have not been writing much this month but talking a lot about the Shake the Dust project. It is getting better and better, my group in Young Identity are becoming very pro-active and seem really driven! Their excitement is infectious and I look forward to more of this during the following months. This process...
Poetry Changed Me: Louise Fazackerley

Poetry Changed Me: Louise Fazackerley

Today’s Poetry Changed Me post is about the relationship Louise Fazackerley has built with poetry.  A strong bond that has taken her from self doubt to boosting the confidence of others through forming her own writing group. The first time I realised there was something going on between poetry and me was in Year 7...
Introduction to North West Digital Champion Dan Skerritt

Introduction to North West Digital Champion Dan Skerritt

  Well I have always steered clear from writing too much on blogs as I just saw it as people needing to moan or just talk about themselves a lot. I would like to apologise for this crude view as I have seen it do so much more, it can be used for fun, to...
In the Spotlight: Keisha Thompson of Contact

In the Spotlight: Keisha Thompson of Contact

In the Spotlight introduces you to someone who’s working on the project. Keisha Thompson has worked for Contact, our Venue Partner in the North West, in several capacities including as a Creative Consultant. She is also a member of  Young Identity, a performer with Contact Playback and a facilitator. What inspired you to work in the...
In the Spotlight: Chris Jam of Wordsmith Awards

In the Spotlight: Chris Jam of Wordsmith Awards

In the Spotlight introduces you to someone new who’s involved in Shake the Dust… Chris Jam is Project Manager and one of the Lead Poets for Wordsmith Awards, one of our consulting slam producers in the North West. Tell us about the work you do with young people Wordsmith Awards is an inter school performance...