West Midlands
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...
West Midlands Smash Boundaries!

West Midlands Smash Boundaries!

West Midlands Smash Boundaries in Shake the Dust Regional Final… To see all images of the West Midlands Shake the Dust Regional Final please click here  Puberty, media brainwash, cultural divisions, gossiping and the actions of Truce were the subjects of West Midland’s teen poetry teams in the Regional Final on Saturday 9th of June. 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...
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...
Creating Odes in the West Midlands

Creating Odes in the West Midlands

I –Hayley Frances – am a shadow to a former poet laureate of Birmingham; the coach; the Brummie-est man I have ever come across in the best formidable way; Mr Giovanni Esposito or as I and many call him – Spoz. A treasure to Birmingham’s nature, I’m dazzled to be shadowing his experienced stance in the...
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...
In the Spotlight: Spoz of Write Down Speak Up

In the Spotlight: Spoz of Write Down Speak Up

In the Spotlight introduces you to someone who’s involved in Shake the Dust. Spoz is one half of Write Down Speak Up and former Poet Laureate of Birmingham. Hi kids! I’m Spoz and I’m one of the poet consultants / coaches / general good eggs for the West Midlands. I’ve been working with young people...