Posts tagged "youthslam"
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...
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.”...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Keiran Jones: "Old School"

Keiran Jones: “Old School”

I can remember being about 10 years old and we had a poetry workshop in school with a guy whose name slips my mind. But at the age of 10, names are unimportant. I just remember him being very tall and eccentric with greying, red hair and glasses that looked like they could have been...
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...