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 and work on her creative writing.

Poetry Changed Me by storming into my life and screaming into my face like a little brother. It has become just as familiar and made me more in tune with my imagination and a more caring and intuitive side of myself I didn’t know existed before. It has introduced me to people who have blown my mind with their natural creativity and beauty and who have and will have a lasting impact on me. Poetry has given me a confidence boost to be who I really want to be and to go after opportunities that I seize with both hands. Most importantly, it has enabled me to express myself in a more eloquent way than before.