They came from different year groups, different schools, different postcodes, different backgrounds and even different cultures, but at the end of our Shake the Dust sessions the only difference was that they wanted their poems and performance to be different to everyone elses.

Like the Judges told them, the only group to start their pieces not in set positions on the stage (entering from the wings) and hence their award for ‘Most Charismatic Team’ – fetchingly re-dubbed by one and all on the night as The Swagga’ Award.”

Poet Coach – Paul Lyalls




Shake the Dust is the Uk’s biggest spoken word youth slam EVER! It has inspired thousands of young people from up and down the country, giving them a platform to express themselves and speak out using Spoken Word.

We have had our regional finals where the young people absolutely smashed it! The National final is fast approaching, and it’s going to be massive!

Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 July @ The Southbank Centre London…
See you there!