Shake the Dust is a celebration of the power of poetry in education. Bringing spoken word into the classroom can dramatically change young people’s relationship to studying English and increase their confidence, literacy and creativity.


Open INSET sessions for Teachers and Educators

In the run up to Shake the Dust, Apples and Snakes ran a series of INSET training sessions, exploring how teachers and educators can use poetry and spoken word in the classroom. Renowned poetry slam facilitator Jacob Sam-La Rose led evening sessions specifically to develop confidence and skills in supporting young people’s learning and creative expression through performance poetry


Shake the Dust in Schools/Youth Groups

Shake the Dust workshop programmes took place in five schools and out-of-school settings in each region from February to June 2012 in the run up to a regional slam final. Participating schools were selected by the partner venues and slam consultants in each region.