Posts tagged "slam poetry"
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...
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...
Interview with Poetry Coach Chris Bennett

Interview with Poetry Coach Chris Bennett

  Chris Bennett  is one of the poetry coaches in the South East. Together with Paul Cree he coaches a team of young people at the Forest Education Centre in Hampshire.   When and how did you start writing and performing poetry? I’d written poetry since I was a kid, then, in 1989 I’d been...
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...
Eastenders Inspired Truce Poems

Eastenders Inspired Truce Poems

  The Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College team is well on their way to the final. At the first workshop not a single word was written down and I was a bit worried about how to turn play into poetry, but with a little help from East Enders everything is possible. Last week the students...
Yorkshire's Shaking Up

Yorkshire’s Shaking Up

Hello all, it’s Hannah here, blogging to you on behalf of the Yorkshire & Humberside region. Shake The Dust spirit is spreading through my veins and I’m honored to drop you all an insight on how our teams are shaking. First up, a small introduction. I’m Hannah Robinson, a shadow artist and digital champion, from...
Magical Moments

Magical Moments

The second Shake the Dust development day for Poet Coaches and Shadows took place yesterday at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton. It was great to catch up with each other and share our experiences so far. Jacob Sam-La Rose, the artistic director of the project, is a firm believer of trying all the exercises yourself...
Poetry By The Sea

Poetry By The Sea

Today, eight children and I stood on the soggy North Norfolk coast and shouted poems at the sea. Why? Because we could. This was the culmination of our first day-long session with our final Shake The Dust team. We’d spent the day in a renovated lifeboat house, experimenting with all kinds of poetic word games:...
International Focus: Danez Smith of First Wave

International Focus: Danez Smith of First Wave

In our series of International Focus blog posts, leading poetry practitioners from outside the UK tell us all about themselves, slam and spoken word. This post is from Danez Smith, a poet, performer, and playwright from St. Paul, Minnesota.