Posts tagged "shakethedust"
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...
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...
‘Poetry is Sexy and I Know it!’

‘Poetry is Sexy and I Know it!’

The excitement when the South West Regional Final kicked off at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth was amazing! Everyone’s energy was soaring upon arrival and the atmosphere was buzzing whilst the young poets made new friends, break danced and ripped the sleeves off their Shake The Dust t shirts to ‘try and look more eighties.’ The...
"Authors, Visionaries, Dream-weavers..."

“Authors, Visionaries, Dream-weavers…”

“Authors, Visionaries, Dreamweavers…” South West Shadow Poet, Hay Brunsdon lets Shake the Dust in on her all time Poetry Heroes… “I think my real poetry heroine was a dreadful substitute Geography teacher I had in year 9, her mundane lesson about the horrific distress and admin caused by earthquakes bored me into writing my first...
Karen Lodge @ The Barbican Theatre's Poetry Heroes

Karen Lodge @ The Barbican Theatre’s Poetry Heroes

As a relative newbie to the wonderful world of Spoken Word my poetry heroes are those that i visited in my school days and the new discoveries i have made on my own Shake the Dust journey. The more i look the more i love…. Those artists that are working so hard in the South...
Jim Hall: Poetry Heroes

Jim Hall: Poetry Heroes

Hello.  Jim Hall, shadow for poet coach John Berkavitch, working with Leicester New College, here are a few words on a poet I’m excited to share with you. The moment I first heard a poem by U.S poet Andrea Gibson was one of those experiences that will forever stick with me. The kind of discovery...
Paul Lyalls: Poetry Heroes

Paul Lyalls: Poetry Heroes

Paul here, Poet coach with the wonderful and talented Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples Theatre, working alongside the equally lovely and talented Jennifer Perry (shadow coach). We are having a lot of fun, and our group of strangers are steadily becoming a group of “lets have a bit of a laugh together and do this.”...
Poetry Heroes: Benjamin Zephaniah

Poetry Heroes: Benjamin Zephaniah

One of our many fantastic Shadow Poet’s on Shake the Dust, Carmina Masoliver, tells us about her Poetry Hero…Benjamin Zephaniah. I used to think Nurses Were Women I used to think Police Were Men I used to think poets Were boring Until I became One of Them.    As a pioneer of British performance poetry,...
Southampton Session with Chris Redmond and Graham Smith

Southampton Session with Chris Redmond and Graham Smith

Poet Coach, Chris Redmond and Shadow artist Graham Smith tell us about their latest session for Shake the Dust.  Catch their teams performance at the South East regional Final, @ Nuffield Theatre, Monday 25 June | 6:30pm  “I knew, when the outline of the workshop was explained to us on the first development day, that when...
'Poetry Changed Me': Katy Else

‘Poetry Changed Me’: Katy Else

Katy Else is a South-West Shadow Poet on Shake the Dust. Katy tells us how Poetry has changed her… “At school I loved English, fantasy fiction and wild stories but it wasn’t until I hit my teens that I really started writing. I used to be all Gothic and write by moonlight and larva lamp, and what...
Poet, Sebastian: Slam in Germany

Poet, Sebastian: Slam in Germany

Poet, Sebastian 23 tells Shake the Dust about the Slam Poetry Scene in Germany : “When I came into the German Poetry Slam scene in 2002, people told me that I was putting energy into a thing that was way beyond it’s climax. Until then Poetry Slam in Germany had been growing for eight or nine years...
Rebecca Tantony: A Love of Words

Rebecca Tantony: A Love of Words

When I was seven I wrote a poem called, ‘How the Wind Blows’. It was pretty self-explanatory. It talked about how the wind blows, and how in its ‘blowing’ it was able to get everything moving. People walked to work faster, trees rattled excitedly like old bones or false teeth; when the wind blew the...