Poetry Heroes
Nicholas Judge: Poetry Hero

Nicholas Judge: Poetry Hero

Dedicated Apples and Snakes Volunteer, Nicholas Judge tells Shake the Dust a little about his Poetry Hero William Blake. The view of London to seer and poet William Blake is of a repressive bleakness; of ‘blackening Churches’ and ‘dark Satanic mills’. The sounds of the city are of crying from the chimney-sweepers, cursing from ‘harlots’, and screaming from...
"Authors, Visionaries, Dream-weavers..."

“Authors, Visionaries, Dream-weavers…”

“Authors, Visionaries, Dreamweavers…” South West Shadow Poet, Hay Brunsdon lets Shake the Dust in on her all time Poetry Heroes… “I think my real poetry heroine was a dreadful substitute Geography teacher I had in year 9, her mundane lesson about the horrific distress and admin caused by earthquakes bored me into writing my first...
Karen Lodge @ The Barbican Theatre's Poetry Heroes

Karen Lodge @ The Barbican Theatre’s Poetry Heroes

As a relative newbie to the wonderful world of Spoken Word my poetry heroes are those that i visited in my school days and the new discoveries i have made on my own Shake the Dust journey. The more i look the more i love…. Those artists that are working so hard in the South...
Jim Hall: Poetry Heroes

Jim Hall: Poetry Heroes

Hello.  Jim Hall, shadow for poet coach John Berkavitch, working with Leicester New College, here are a few words on a poet I’m excited to share with you. The moment I first heard a poem by U.S poet Andrea Gibson was one of those experiences that will forever stick with me. The kind of discovery...
Paul Lyalls: Poetry Heroes

Paul Lyalls: Poetry Heroes

Paul here, Poet coach with the wonderful and talented Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples Theatre, working alongside the equally lovely and talented Jennifer Perry (shadow coach). We are having a lot of fun, and our group of strangers are steadily becoming a group of “lets have a bit of a laugh together and do this.”...
Poetry Heroes: Benjamin Zephaniah

Poetry Heroes: Benjamin Zephaniah

One of our many fantastic Shadow Poet’s on Shake the Dust, Carmina Masoliver, tells us about her Poetry Hero…Benjamin Zephaniah. I used to think Nurses Were Women I used to think Police Were Men I used to think poets Were boring Until I became One of Them.    As a pioneer of British performance poetry,...
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...