Posts tagged "spoken word"
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:  ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Shadows in the Light

Shadows in the Light

One thing that is unique about Shake the Dust is that up and coming poets get a chance to work with more experienced poetry workshop facilitators. My coach Mike Parker has gradually given me more and more responsibility, and as a result my confidence has grown both as a poet and a person. I hooked...
Robinson Roams

Robinson Roams

Hi there! I’m back again and for my third blog I bring you news from one of the five North East teams. A few days ago I was kindly invited along to Our Lady and St Bede’s School is Stockton to see how poets Alfie Crow and Sophie F Baker and their team were coming...
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...
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!            
1 Month Until Regional Finals - "I used to sit where they sit"

1 Month Until Regional Finals – “I used to sit where they sit”

I have not been writing much this month but talking a lot about the Shake the Dust project. It is getting better and better, my group in Young Identity are becoming very pro-active and seem really driven! Their excitement is infectious and I look forward to more of this during the following months. This process...