Poetry Changed Me
'Poetry Changed Me': Katy Else

‘Poetry Changed Me’: Katy Else

Katy Else is a South-West Shadow Poet on Shake the Dust. Katy tells us how Poetry has changed her… “At school I loved English, fantasy fiction and wild stories but it wasn’t until I hit my teens that I really started writing. I used to be all Gothic and write by moonlight and larva lamp, and what...
Poetry Changed Me: Laurie Bolger

Poetry Changed Me: Laurie Bolger

Shake the Dust…what a great idea! My name is Laurie Bolger and I am the Digital, Marketing and Communications Intern for Shake the Dust. I first came across poetry like many, in GCSE English whilst studying poets like John Agard and Carol Anne Duffy in the old school AQA anthologies. Poetry was the only module...
Poetry Changed Me: Dorothy Fryd

Poetry Changed Me: Dorothy Fryd

Poetry Changed Me posts are all about how poetry has had an impact on some of the spoken word artists around the country and the world. Today we have Dorothy Fryd acknowledge what poetry has done for her… These days the sky is either gravy or rose cut, notes chime in steel or sunrise, water...
Poetry Changed Me: Claire Trevien

Poetry Changed Me: Claire Trevien

Poetry Changed Me posts are all about how poetry has had an impact on some of the spoken word artists around the country and the world. Today we have published poet Claire Trevien tell us about leaping out the poetry closet… Before poetry entered my life, I was an eccentric without a cause. Now that...
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...
Poetry Changed Me: Patricia Bongani

Poetry Changed Me: Patricia Bongani

Poetry Changed Me posts are all about how poetry has had an impact on some of the spoken word artists around the country and the world. Today we have Patricia Bongani describe the impact it has had in her life… My initial impression of poetry was that it was quite clichéd and simple. But after...
Poetry Changed Me: Peter Hayhoe

Poetry Changed Me: Peter Hayhoe

Peter Hayhoe shares how he went from scribble to featuring at festivals in today’s Poetry Changed Me post… It has been almost 3 year since I sat in the basement of the Poetry Café with my hands quavering upon an exercise book of random thoughts and ideas. I wasn’t really sure if it was poetry,...
Poetry Changed Me: Mab Jones

Poetry Changed Me: Mab Jones

These Poetry Changed Me posts are all about how poetry has had an impact on some of the spoken word artists around the country and the world. Today we have Mab Jones on how poetry as speech therapy… I was a weird kid – a thin squib, then a fat squaw, pale and distant, uncomfy...
Poetry Changed Me: Catherine Brogan

Poetry Changed Me: Catherine Brogan

Star UK performance poet Catherine Brogan on how poetry has impacted her life… Poetry has always been my way of dealing with a world I don’t fit in to, that I can’t understand or change. At primary school I was bullied for having very dodgy pink NHS glasses, non brand name trainers and being a...
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...
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...
Poetry Changed Me: Pete Hunter

Poetry Changed Me: Pete Hunter

In Poetry Changed Me, we’ll be asking young people, teachers, parents, poets, arts professionals and all kinds of people how poetry has impacted their lives. We begin with Pete Hunter, South East poet and programme coordinator for Apples and Snakes South East. Poetry literally changed my life! The first time I got up to read...