Roundhouse is home to a bold and exciting programme of live music, theatre, dance, circus, installations and new media. Young people are at the heart of everything we do. We offer a year-round schedule of creative projects for 11–25 year olds in 24 state-of-the-art studios, where facilities include TV, radio and music production, media suites and rehearsal rooms for music and performance.

Poet Coach: Kat Francois

Kat Francois is a comedienne, poet, playwright, actress, performer, host and schools and youth facilitator. She is the first person to win the BBC3 TV Slam, going on to compete in the World Poetry Slam Championship in Rotterdam the following year, crowned World Slam Champion.

She is resident poet at Theatre Royal Stratford East, where she hosts and   organises Word4Word. Kat also runs a poetry night at The Poetry Café, INTIMATES. Kat has released a spoken word CD, Blessed by Words, and is published in a number of poetry magazines and anthologies. Kat is an educator with 20 years experience working with young people as a youth worker, workshop leader and PHSE facilitator.

Shadow Artist: Zia Ahmed


Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre provides a wide range of opportunities for young people to learn through drama and theatre arts.

Poet Coach: Paul Lyalls

Paul Lyalls is the star of BBC2‘s / CBBC‘s Big Slam Poetry House and describes his poetry as funny and moving. His poetry workshops produce extraordinary poems from children of all ages. His has two collections of poetry: Catching the Cascade and Are We Nearly There Yet.

Paul was Poet in residence for the London Borough of Brent and performed at Wembley stadium. He has also performed at ten Edinburgh festivals, one Eton College, five Glastonbury’s, a number 73 Bus (which made the and finally…bit of the BBC news!).

Paul is currently working with Arsenal FC to celebrate their 125th anniversary and was one of the 2012 Smile London poets, resulting in his work featuring on the Underground.

Shadow Artist & Digital Champion: Jennifer Perry

I love to be up on a stage somewhere, mic in hand, entertaining. What most captivated me about poetry was the buzz of having an audience’s attention and the freedom of being able to say whatever it is you feel you need to; that’s exciting.

I’m gonna be working with the amazing Paul Lyalls at Greenwich Young Peoples Theatre. We’re both absolutely buzzing to get started. It’s great hearing what everyone else is up to all over the country, weeks are flying by and these regional finals will be here before we know it! You might’ve guessed by now, but I love having a platform to talk so representing my region, London as Digital Champion, is pretty exciting for me too.


Plumstead Manon’s key values are success and harmony, and committed to a high quality and well-rounded education for all. 

Poet Coach: Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi is a poet, performer and creative facilitator. He has performed his work across the UK, including at Tate Modern, Southbank Centre and Buckingham Palace and internationally, including touring South Africa with the British Council.

His work has been broadcast on Radio Five Live and his poems are anthologized in City Lighthouse and The Shuffle Anthology 2009. He has completed commissions for Louis Vuitton and The Poetry Society and was recorded as part of Asking a Shadow to Dance, a DVD anthology produced by Oxfam

Shadow Artist: Nooshin Rafati (Shay D)

Shay D is a rapper and lyricist from London. She has been writing poetry and rapping for over ten years. Poetry has been her main passion from a very young age. Her works is influenced by hip hop, UK garage and grim, and she has showcased her work on pirate radio and at open mics.

Shay D’s reaction to the pressures and challenges of modern environments has motivated her to combine her love of hip hop and social awareness by running rap and lyric writing workshops for young people across London.


The Albany is a performing arts centre based in the heart of Deptford. We have emerged as a new type of arts venue, very much driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. Involving people, through participation and partnerships, is central to our work and is essential to the delivery of our vision.

Poet Coach: Dzifa Benson

Dzifa Benson does four main things – writes, performs, curates and teaches. She has performed her prose and poetry nationally and internationally ain places such as Tate Britain, Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals and has been on tour with the British Council in South Africa.

An experienced workshop facilitator, she has run writing workshops in schools and for the creative industries. She has been a music reviewer for the Guardian, reporter and specialist researcher for the BBC.

Her writing has been widely published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines including the Evening Standard and Time Out. She was commissioned to take part as a core artist in the BBC cross-arts, collaborative project Translations, and was artist-in-residence at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Shadow Artist: Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus is a spoken word poet, photographer and educator born and bred in Hackney. He is co-curator of popular London based spoken word showcase Chill Pill. Raymond is also a lead poet of The Keats House Forum which works with emerging and developing voices in the London poetry scene.

Raymond has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Bespoken Word and his work has been featured in The Guardian, The Big Issue andTime Out London. Raymond has been performing spoken word poetry since 2007, performing at literature festivals at London’s Southbank Centre and Universities across London, Manchester and Coventry.

He has also toured internationally in Europe, the USA and South Africa. He is one half of Speed Camera Shy, a music project that combines Spoken Word/Rap with Dub Step.


St Andrew’s is a place where hundreds of children will grow to become adults, discovering new skills, stretching their knowledge and enriching their understanding. As they grow and develop, our students learn to live productively, giving their time, energy and commitment to worthwhile causes. We are proud that the wider life of the school and our co-curriculum flourish.

Poet Coach: Sam Berkson

Sam Berkson has been performing poetry since 2002, taking his work around the UK and abroad. He has won the Brighton Festival Slam and the Liverpool Capital of Culture Slam.

His work has been published, and even set to music, working with beatboxers, DJs and bands. He organises and promotes live poetry events as the host of Hammer & Tongue and hosts monthly spoken word event Re:Versed on NTS radio. He is part of the Wordamouth collective.

With seven years experience of teaching in secondary schools, he has a great deal of experience of educational work. His work deals with the truths and lies of everyday life, attempting to uplift, emphasising the connections and similarities between people and trying to capture those moments where we truly see the world for what it is.

Shadow Artist: Richard Tyrone Jones

Richard Tyrone Jones is the Director of Utter! spoken word, Director of spoken word at the Edinburgh Festival Free Fringe and creator of the solo show Richard Tyrone Jones has a Big Heart, about his survival after heart failure just after his thirtieth birthday.

His poetry ranges from the silly to the sublime, taking in dating, evolution, life, death and kittens, always with a strong vein of ironic humour, especially when rhyming ‘marmosets’ with ‘pyjama sets’ in limericks for children. There’s also his MisGuided cultural tours of London suburbs, heady mixtures of facts and lies, his education workshops on daft rhymes, animals, sonnets and bionic augmentation and his book Germline.