Posts tagged "UK youth slam"
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:  ...
Patrick Bethell - Ambition

Patrick Bethell – Ambition

Film Producer and Photographer Patrick Bethell tells Shake the Dust how words and lyrics changed him in the inspiring 360° blogpost… “As a kid ambition can be anything, everybody would try and strive to be the professional footballer or a famous dancer. In fact I remember saying to my Mum at the age of 8 that I...
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...
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...
'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...
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...
Slämärit: Leena Heikkila tells us about youth slam in Finland

Slämärit: Leena Heikkila tells us about youth slam in Finland

I’m an International School teacher in Finland, teaching kids between 6 and 18 years old. Through Netlibris I got to hear about Lynk Reach London Teenage Poetry Slam, and with Arja Kangasharju, we contacted Jacob Sam-La Rose, met him, and got hooked! Then we started to get Slämärit going and made it nation wide right from the beginning! Slämärit...
The importance of youth slam: An interview with Dr. Helen Gregory

The importance of youth slam: An interview with Dr. Helen Gregory

We start 2012 with a special interview with Dr Helen Gregory, performance poet, lecturer and researcher in the benefits of youth poetry slam. Tell us a bit about yourself I teach psychology at the University of Gloucestershire and carry out research into the arts as part of my job there. I’m particularly interested in poetry,...