Posts tagged "performance poetry"
Shaking the Dust at the Slam Final

Shaking the Dust at the Slam Final

Here’s Dr Helen Gregory – performance poet, lecturer and researcher – with her take on the atmosphere of the Shake the Dust Slam Final. On my way to London I worried that I wouldn’t have anything to write about, wouldn’t notice anything new. After all, I was only making a flying visit to the slam...
10 impressions from the Shake the Dust Weekend

10 impressions from the Shake the Dust Weekend

I have overdosed on poetry … My head is crammed with words but I don’t know how to get them out. The Shake the Dust weekend at the Southbank Centre in London was an explosion of emotions and an overload of impressions. I’ll share ten of my finest moment, in no order of importance:  ...
The Final Shake Up!

The Final Shake Up!

Here’s a word from Laurie Bolger, our Digital, Marketing & Communications Intern…Lovely stuff. “Shake the Dust is the biggest National Youth Slam ever attempted! So far we have had workshops, we have had some unbelievable performances all over the country at the Regional Finals and now it’s time to take all that energy and talent to another level...
Patrick Bethell - Ambition

Patrick Bethell – Ambition

Film Producer and Photographer Patrick Bethell tells Shake the Dust how words and lyrics changed him in the inspiring 360° blogpost… “As a kid ambition can be anything, everybody would try and strive to be the professional footballer or a famous dancer. In fact I remember saying to my Mum at the age of 8 that I...
'ave a Word Dan!

‘ave a Word Dan!

Our Marketing and Digital Officer @ Apples and Snakes, Mr. Dan Simpson tells us about his experience of working on National Youth Project, Shake the Dust… “Hi there! Apples and Snakes Dan Simpson here! For the past six months, I’ve been working on telling everyone who will listen about Shake the Dust, and recently I’ve been...
Tell us about it Paul Lyalls...

Tell us about it Paul Lyalls…

“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...
South West: "Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it!"

South West: “Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it!”

Sally Jenkinson South West Poet Coach tells us about the exceptional spoken word that happened at her regional final…this is wow! Well, the Shake the Dust South West regional final was an emotional roller-coaster to say the least. A full day of workshops and activities, before evening’s event, meant all the school and groups participating had...
Speech Debelle to Headline the National Shake the Dust Slam Final!

Speech Debelle to Headline the National Shake the Dust Slam Final!

Stop the presses! We’re ludicrously excited to announce that we’ve confirmed a fantastic headliner for the National Shake the Dust Slam Final. A Mercury Prize winning, spoken word hip-hop sensation no less: Speech Debelle! Speech and her band will be rounding off the event – but not before the nine highest scoring teams from each...
Stirred, Shaken and Swept Away at South East Regional Finals

Stirred, Shaken and Swept Away at South East Regional Finals

You could hear the dust shake at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton where the South East regional final took place last night. MC Kenny Baraka had the crowd with him, saying: Shake the … And the crowd responded by making a noise that actually sounded like dust being stirred up, shaken, swept away.   I...
"Before Money" a poem from Consulting Slam Producer: Deborah Stevenson

“Before Money” a poem from Consulting Slam Producer: Deborah Stevenson

A word from Deborah Stevenson one of Shake the Dust’s fantastic Consulting Slam Producer’s. “One of the most unexpected exciting elements of being the Shake the Dust Consulting Slam Producer and Artist Liason is the amount of inspiration it has given me. Every time I visit a workshop I become a participant and I get...
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...
360° | Shake off Childhood Shyness and Shake the Dust!

360° | Shake off Childhood Shyness and Shake the Dust!

This is what Shake the Dust is all about, changing lives and bringing people together through the power of poetry. Writer and performer Paul Cree tells us about getting heard with spoken word!  “Of the experiences I’ve gained so far in poetry workshops, one of the most challenging tasks has been trying to convince young...