We’ve long been breeding poetry and stage champions and now 20 new young talents have stepped up to the microphone to take part in Shake the Dust. The group are all aged 14 and 15 and are looking forward to working closely with professional performance poets such as Ross Sutherland. As well as performing at the competition’s regional final, the group will have lots of opportunity to show-off their skills in school at the annual Arts Festival.

Georgia, one of the group, said “we’re really looking forward to it. It’s really different to what we do in school normally. It’ll be great to work with ‘real live poets’!”

Poet Coach: Ross Sutherland

Ross Sutherland was included in The Times’s list of Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008. He has three collections of poetry: Things To Do Before You Leave Town, Twelve Nudes and Hyakuretsu Kyaku, all published by Penned In The Margins. Ross is a member of the poetry collective Aisle16 with whom he runs Homework, an evening of literary miscellany in East London.

He has one-man show, The Three Stigmata of Pacman and created Comedian Dies In The Middle Of A Joke, a piece of interactive theatre. He recently created a documentary about whether computers will ever be able to write poetry, Every Rendition On A Broken Machine.

Shadow Artist: Carmina Louisa Masoliver-Marlow

Carmina Masoliver is studying a Creative Entrepreneurship MA since completing a degree in English Literature at UEA. She began reading poetry at open mic nights 6 years ago – her first time was at an Apples & Snakes event at Battersea Arts Centre. She now performs regularly in both London and Norwich. Her poetry has been published in several magazines and anthologies, and she recently self-published a pamphlet entitled Carmina’s Poetry Tease. Apart from taking part in Shake the Dust, highlights of her poetic career include supporting Kate Tempest, as well as, supporting judge, Francesca Beard, at Norwich Arts Centre.


Sheringham High School and Sixth Form Centre is a Foundation School situated on the edge of Sheringham. The school is a specialist Arts College and has an excellent reputation in Music and Theatre. Our success is based onhigh expectations, mutual respect and challenge.

Poet Coach: Molly Naylor

Molly Naylor is a writer, performer, poet and theatre-maker. She writes about things, people and places that inspire, interest, bewilder or amuse her.

Her solo show, Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 to critical acclaim, which precipitated an international tour. She was commissioned to write an audio adaptation of the show for BBC Radio 4.

Her adaptation of the book of Malachi was staged at The Bush as part of Sixty-Six Books, published by Oberon. She has written for The Independent and her poems have been featured on BBC Radio and in publications including Rialto, The North, The Londonist and Pen Pusher. She frequently performs and reads at festivals and events worldwide. Molly delivers workshops and lectures in poetry, solo performance and theatre-making.

Shadow Artist & Digital Champion: Andy Bennett

Andy Bennett has been performing stand up comedy and poetry for half a decade around Norwich and at Fringes and Festivals across the country. His willfully shambolic style belies a cerebral and acerbic wit, and an honest and celebratory approach to life and performance. Andy writes poems that, two hundred years ago, would have got him rusticated. Andy also likes the word ‘rusticated’ a little more than a man should.

Daddy, What’s A Poet? is Andy’s first collection of poetry and contains a mixed and satirical selection of poems that combine Andy’s huge historical geekery with a desire to understand how the lessons of history can be applied to 21st century Britain. There’s also a fair bit in there about drugs, and some really groan-worthy cartoons.


At Caister High we realise that pupils learn in different ways, so we encourage them to recognise their strengths and preferred learning-styles. We aim to develop their confidence to take on challenges, thereby increasing their self-esteem and achievement. 

Poet Coach: Tim Clare

Tim Clare is a poet, author and musician.

He has appeared on BBC 2 and Radio 4 and has written for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent amongst others. As a stand-up poet, he performs all over the UK, both as a solo act and as a member of acclaimed poetry collective Aisle16. He is the author of two solo shows, Death Drive and How To Be A Leader.

Tim Clare is the creator of the Poetry Takeaway, the world’s first mobile poetry emporium. He has also undertaken his 101 Poems In A Day project, writing 101 poems in a day and posting each online as he writes it, based on title suggestions from the public.

Shadow Artist: Christine York

Christine York is a drama teacher, performer, writer of comedic verse, fitness, Pilates and Yoga Instructor. Christine enjoys a portfolio career, all aspects incorporating creativity and performance.

She has performed at cabaret nights and spoken word events in Norwich, Peterborough and Essex and was involved in the Norwich Fringe Festival 2011. She has collaborated with songwriters and has provided lyrics for a number of albums. She is an actor and works with many local theatre companies. She brings to Shake the Dust her skills as a Drama teacher, performer and writer, and delivers all these with enthusiasm and a sense of humour.


The Garage is a lively cultural venue in the city centre of Norwich. They offer a varied programme of creative activity ranging from workshops to residencies, projects and regular classes. They have a special focus on young people aged 8 – 25.

Poet Coach: Drew Taylor

Drew Taylor is an award winning theatre maker, hailing from Glasgow, London and Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Believing in pursuit of ideas and ideals, Drew’s role in performance varies between writer, performer and director.

Drew’s work is centred in progressing societal views of the LGBT community, with an emphasis in presenting the normalisation of these peoples, wholly embracing camp, drag and flamboyant aesthetics. Universality is a crucial concept for Drew and despite making work along the aforementioned lines he firmly believes in the accessibility of the arts and its capability for inclusion.

Shadow Artist: Thomas Humphrey


The Voyager Academy is a Media Arts specialist school that has developed a local and national reputation for excellence in the arts, both for the work that happens in the academy with the students and for the work that is ongoing with the local and national community.

Poet Coach: Mark Grist

Mark Grist is a poet and educational consultant based in Peterborough. He has been Poet Laureate of Peterborough, Chief Bard of the Fens and Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion. He recently completed two national tours.

His double act, Dead Poets, appeared on BBC 6 Music and went on to tour nationally with Phrased and Confused. His new show, The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth, will be debuted this year. He also co-produces two spoken word events in Peterborough: Pint of Poetry and Speakeasy.

Shadow Artist: Russell Turner

Russell J Turner is an actor, poet, broadcaster and educator based in Norwich. He has published two poetry chapbooks, is part of the 28 Sonnets Later collective, and has appeared in various print and online journals. He is founder and host of headCRASH, a monthly spoken word night in Norwich, as well as being a professional actor and drama tutor, and a music and arts presenter for Future Radio. You can find out more via his SoundCloud account here.