Posts tagged "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...
Day 2 of the National Shake the Dust Weekend

Day 2 of the National Shake the Dust Weekend

After yesterday’s marvellous on point digital coverage from Dan Simpson at Shake the Dust, I was excited and apprehensive to see the project as it nears it’s conclusion in terms of the National Shake the Dust Weekend at the Southbank Centre. Today is the second day of the three-day extravaganza and it has kicked off...
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...
South East Gets Down to Shake the Dust!

South East Gets Down to Shake the Dust!

So it was up to the South East to host their Regional Final at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton. Many people came out in droves to support the young people as they got up on stage and spoke their own written words for all to see. They had worked so hard over many months to...
Yorkshire & Humberside welcome Shake the Dust!

Yorkshire & Humberside welcome Shake the Dust!

Yes, they welcomed it with open arms! So after much waiting, it was finally Yorkshire & Humberside’s turn to host their Regional Final at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Many people came out to see the result of many months of hard work between the schools, young people organisations, Apples and Snakes, the consultant...
Exciting Slam Times in the South West!

Exciting Slam Times in the South West!

What do you get if you mix talented young poets, breakdancing, beat boxing, rhythm and rhyme, and lines of words? An excited room full of anticipation for the South West Regional Final, that’s what! The South West brought passion mixed with nerves and highly potent new words never performed before, by some children who had...
Regional Finals land in Stockton...

Regional Finals land in Stockton…

North-Easteners came out to support their region’s finest young poetic talent in this Regional Final at the ARC, Stockton, with their teachers, support workers, poet coaches and shadow artists gathering for what was to be one of the best days of their lives. Everyone was willing them to do well and show how the North-East gets down in...
Slamming Their Hearts Out In Four Days Time ...It's Yorkshire

Slamming Their Hearts Out In Four Days Time …It’s Yorkshire

FOUR days to go! … and Yorkshire’s slam is here! Excitement is detonating inside of me, and flames of positivity surround!! As a shadow artist on this project I have truly enjoyed every step of way. The past ten weeks has been a road of deep expression, pure inspiration, and wonderful development. The most rewarding part of the project is perhaps the...
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...