Tuxford Academy is founded on high aspirations and high expectations leading to high achievement for all – within a safe, supportive and challenging environment.


Poet Coach: Michelle Hubbard

Michelle ‘The Mother’ Hubbard is a performance poet, storyteller, African drummer and workshop facilitator based in Nottingham who performs regularly at festivals, cafe bars, theatres, community venues, libraries and on the open mic circuit in the UK. She is also a founder member of the spoken word open mic event, BlackDrop.

Michelle’s poetry has been published in various anthologies and publications. She has published two books, The Tapestry Of A Black Woman (2005) and The Irish-Jamaican (2007).

Shadow Artist: Ioney Smallhorne

Ioney is a self described entrepreneurial jovial go-getter-life lover who is always accepting new challenges, lessons and ways to express herself creatively. A Documentary Maker, performance poet and ‘capoeirista’, Ioney has her thumb in many creative pots.


Beckhampton Learning Centre provides individualised education to children and young people.

Poet Coach: Panya Banjoko

Panya Banjoko is a spoken word artist and writer. Her work has been described as ‘…poetry with hip-hop energy fused with a hymnal element…’ (Sable Magazine). Her first published work was Brain Drain, published in IC3– An Anthology of New Black writing In Britain, by Penguin, (2000).  She has since written two early year’s publications, The Princess and the Potter’s Pot, (2008) and Hari at the Castle (2010).

She has been artist in residence at the International School, Stuttgart Germany, as well as Poet in Residence for the National Trust’s ‘100 Verses‘ at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire (2009 and 2010). She regularly performs her work, as well as, delivers creative writing workshops in varied settings.

In 2008, she won a Black Women in the Arts Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Shadow Artist: Wise Words

Wise Words is a spoken word artist originally from London who tells stories through poems, often touching on his own experiences. He currently uses his craft to inspire and educate young people – whether in the classroom or in community events – and has performed at events across the country from Notting Hill Carnival to the Nottingham Playhouse to South London youth events. As a trainee Mathematics teacher, Wise Words hopes to blend school work with the creative outlet that spoken word poetry offers to all young people.


Poet Coach: Kevin Fegan

Kevin Fegan has written over 40 plays for the stage, several plays for BBC Radio 4 as well as a Woman’s Hour serial and a Classic Serial, a few short films plus a spell as a storyline writer for Coronation Street. He has also written and had published ten volumes of poetry and is a regular performer of his own work.


Shadow Artist: Simon Jones

Simon Jones decided to apply to Shake the Dust because he is passionate about inspiring, educating and empowering people through the use of the spoken word. Helping young people share their experiences, opinions and ideas through the spoken word is a real pleasure. Words are weapons that can be wielded in ways that can change the world.

Simon has had his eyes, mind and heart opened on numerous past occasions by the words of others and knows that his own words have done the same for others. He is looking forward to the challenge of helping the young people tap into their own potent truths and gain the courage and confidence needed in order to share them with others.


New College Leicester is a community college serving over 900 students and is based towards the west of Leicester city. We understand that individual students have individual talents with a variety of hopes and aspirations. It is our job to ensure that each one grows and flourishes.


Poet Coach: John Berkavitch

John Berkavitch is veteran of the spoken word scene up and down the UK, Berkavitch’s performance style is a mix of rap, ironic wit, sensitive social observation, unrequited love, beatbox and a passionate distaste for authority. Packaged together with a sense of urgency and at times breathtaking speed and lyrical dexterity.

He toured with Apples and Snakes as part of the Temptation Tour, tearing up stages in venues all over the place. Berkavitch Co-Wrote and stared in Me Versus The City, a semi-autobiographical exploration of the graffiti sub-culture and the human desire to belong.

Shadow Artist & Digital Champion: Jim Hall

Jim Hall clocked up a year’s-worth of involvement with Nottingham-based performance poetry collective The Mouthy Poets before getting involved with Shake The Dust. He’s been moved by the honest, real voices emanating from his community and the opportunity to engage with new young people, poets, teachers and venues gets a resounding “I’m in!” from him.

Jim is motivated by the challenge of enabling people to truly express themselves. The most exciting place he’s performed was outside the New Art Exchange to an unsuspecting gathered crowd, including a rather worried police officer or two.


With three sites in the city, Djanogly is a student-centred learning organisation, which provides a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum


Poet Coach: Rob Gee

Rob Gee applied for Shake the Dust because of his extensive experience of working with young people of all ages and ability range. He’s toured the UK, Canada, Australia, Europe and the U.S., but the most exciting place he’s performed would have to be Leamington Spa, where his performance somehow started a scuffle at the Peace Festival. The biggest challenge of Shake the Dust will be maintaining the confidence of the participants who won’t be able to perform in the regional showcase.