Posts tagged "slam"
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...
'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...
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...
West Midlands Smash Boundaries!

West Midlands Smash Boundaries!

West Midlands Smash Boundaries in Shake the Dust Regional Final… To see all images of the West Midlands Shake the Dust Regional Final please click here  Puberty, media brainwash, cultural divisions, gossiping and the actions of Truce were the subjects of West Midland’s teen poetry teams in the Regional Final on Saturday 9th of June. The...
The North West Regional final: "It's only the beginning!"

The North West Regional final: “It’s only the beginning!”

    Hey guys! What a journey this has all been up to now, after ten workshops all the groups from Young Identity Old Trafford, Sale Grammar, Accrington Academy, Salford Academy and Chorlton High School were ready for what they had been working toward, the shake the dust regional North West Final. I felt like I was...
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...
Slämärit: Slam in Finland

Slämärit: Slam in Finland

Shake the Dust asked the young people from the Finnish slam group, Slämärit, how they started writing and performing poetry in the first place. One young person told us; “it was because of my great Finnish language teacher, they made slam poetry seem very interesting, so I wanted to try it myself. I had written...
Taking Steps as a Shadow Artist

Taking Steps as a Shadow Artist

“I used to think poetry was just standing on stage and saying loads of stuff, but it’s so fun. You can even dance to it.” – Shake the Dust workshop Participant. Acting as a shadow artist on Shake The Dust has been anything but easy.  Two and half months in, it’s safe-enough to book a tattoo artist...
“I don’t know how to write a poem.”

“I don’t know how to write a poem.”

We hear from Graham Smith, shadow to Chris Redmond in the South East. We’re in the middle of our three workshop sessions with around twenty kids, looking for eight to continue to the regional finals at The Nuffield, Southampton. So what is this part of the project all about? Is it about giving the spotlight...
Shake the Dust | Andy's Video

Shake the Dust | Andy’s Video

Check out Andy in the (East), shaking things up a bit with this excellent Trailer …enjoy!            
Shake the Dust: Slammin' It in 2012!

Shake the Dust: Slammin’ It in 2012!

Shake the Dust is a nationwide youth poetry slam, giving young people the opportunity to work with leading spoken word poets to write, perform and compete with their words. As Olympic and Paralympics athletes train, young people from across the country are working with leading spoken word artists to share their stories and find their voices through slam poetry. Get...
Greetings from the East

Greetings from the East

Hello! The hippie in the picture above is me: Andy Bennett – poet, comedian, and East Region Digital Champion for Shake The Dust. I’m quite excited to be a Digital Champion, as it makes me sound rather dashing, like a 21st Century Robin Hood, only with YouTube clips instead of arrows. I’m working with the...