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As part of SPOKE: Air, the third season of SPOKE’s exciting spoken word events across East London, a group of young poets took to the airwaves, coached by acclaimed spoken word artist Mr Gee, to devise and record the freshest new poetry for broadcast on Reprezent fm. 

Anastasia Prempeh tells us about her experience as one of the Reprezent Radio Residency participants…

When I first received an email about poetry workshops with Mr Gee on Reprezent Radio, I was drawn to the idea of trying something new and challenging myself. Reading my poems on the radio was never something I had imagined myself doing, but now that the opportunity had presented itself I was excited to try it out.

When I arrived at the first session I could see that it was a very relaxed setting and immediately felt comfortable. The theme was ‘air’ and some brainstorming had already been done on the board. We started off sharing some of our previous work and talking about how and why we started writing poetry – all pretty standard for a workshop, I thought. Then we were left to write. This was the part that made me nervous as I had no idea where to start or what to write. Having grown accustomed to penning poems when they ‘came to me’, writing ‘on demand’ was something I struggled with and for a while I sat staring at a blank page. After finally coming up with something, I read it through with Mr Gee then went straight to recording. Once all the recordings had been done and the workshop was over I only had to wait until the next day to hear the poems on Reprezent fm.

Hearing my voice on the radio was a surreal experience. The quick turnaround also meant I could take the things I would have liked to have done better, and actually try to do them better in the next session. Although you can’t be seen on radio, the workshops helped me develop my performance skills through learning to use my voice effectively. By the last session I was a lot better at seeing where different techniques could be applied in various poems, from pauses to emphasis to changes in accent/dialect.

Recording in the booth was something so new to me and even hearing my voice through the headphones was a shock, so I’m grateful I had the opportunity to use all the equipment. We also got to know more about the restrictions that are placed on people in radio: our poems were to be less than 90 seconds long and anything likely to receive complaints wouldn’t be played. It was also not guaranteed that any of our content would be played even if everything was done by the book, so it was all a bit of a waiting game. That being said, it was all very exciting and everyone was so nice that by the end of the last session we were all very slow to leave! I got a lot more out of the sessions than I had expected and am definitely glad I didn’t overlook the opportunity.

You can read more about Anastasia’s journey with spoken word here: www.anastasiaprempeh.wordpress.com

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the WordSWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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For the last six months, Matt Jones has been interning with the digital department at SPOKE, providing help and support to the team and gaining new experiences and skills along the way. Here are a few of his thoughts on the internship and his time at SPOKE.

Hi I’m Matt, the digital intern here at SPOKE, saying my final goodbyes and explaining my experience throughout the 6 month internship.

Summing up this internship is going to be difficult, simply for the sheer mass of knowledge, work experience, and life experience gained from working on SPOKE, in such a short space of time, that has flown by so quickly, words really won’t be able to portray it enough, nor my gratitude or thanks for such an amazing, positive, welcomingly challenging, all-round fulfilling job opportunity and a rare opportunity at that.

Immersing yourself within so many different working environments, with different work etiquettes, different types of people, different types of bosses, and learning from those people all the values and factors of the working world, whether it be a more corporate, freelance or creative type of work, from the way you present yourself in meetings, to the way you type up your e-mails, all the little things, being able to analyse, adapt & differentiate between them all, and figure out where I feel most comfortable, has been one of the greatest benefits that this internship in particular has offered me, a bulk of knowledge that I will definitely carry through when following into my next job.

My outlook on work life has unquestionably changed. All the frustrations and problems while finishing full time education, ‘battling’ through a series of surprisingly displeasing jobs, one after the other, re-evaluating what I wanted to pursue in life, and my career, admittedly having quite a defeated attitude, has been without a shadow of a doubt resolved. I’m mentally in a much better place on the subject of career. I feel so much more confident moving on into the next chapter of my career, and all the future endeavours I have in the pipeline.

The internship has opened my eyes and taught me a lot, although challenging at times, particularly on the communication front (making sure every partner is up to date with my workload, and juggling the workload from one partner to the other), I couldn’t have wished for a better opportunity, working alongside a great bunch of people, who made work feel more of a pleasure than a burden. Never once did I wake up for work with the feeling of not wanting to go in, which 6 months ago, I’d be telling you a different story.

This internship has rekindled my faith in the world of work. I know exactly what I want to do and where I want to go with my career and I’ve grown up as a person by sheer amounts, so if anything I just want to say thank you, to Spread the Word, Apple & Snakes, A New Direction & Claudia, I’m smiling from ear to ear. Its been a total success.

During his time with SPOKE Matt showed us his skills as a talented film editor. Here are some examples of the brilliant videos he edited.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New Direction, Apples and Snakes, Spread the Word, SWEP (Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Coinciding with the football World Cup, WORDCUP2014 was a celebration of spoken word for young people, helping them to hone their writing and performance skills and gain confidence in their voices through a series of workshops with professional poets, culminating in a giant WORDCUP slam championship at Stratford Circus.Wordcup Slam Final-26

Over April-July, the WORDCUP teams were selected from 10 schools across East London. Each school was appointed their own professional poet, like Raymond Antrobus, Indigo Williams and Joelle Taylor, to come in as their team mentor and help the groups put pen to paper and create their own spoken word. Through weekly workshops with their mentors and shadow mentors, the teams began to polish and sharpen their poetic skills in the build-up to the big WORDCUP2014 poetry slam. After weeks of preparation, the WORDCUP2014 finale took place on Saturday 12 July, with over 300 young people and families from across East London gathering at Stratford Circus to cheer on the teams.Wordcup Slam Final-28

The slam was hosted by renowned slam facilitator and performance poet Jacob Sam-La Rose and judged by Khadijah Ibrahiim, Mr Gee and the Young Poet Laureate for London, Warsan Shire. The panel were blown away by the standard and quality of the young people’s poetry, with memorable lines including “Hearts that beat like soldiers on the street” and “we have stairwell veins and window hearts” raising the bar of the event to the standard of a professional competition. The ‘Most Striking Line’ AwWordcup Slam Final-133ard was won by Clapton Girls School who worked with poet coach Keith Jarrett, for “we dream of love and we love our dream”.

The ‘Most Striking Performance’ went to St Gabriel’s School, who worked with Indigo Williams. The ‘Most Humorous performance’ was by Lammas School, whose poet coach was Cat Brogan. The highest-scoring team of WORDCUP2014 was from St Paul’s School in Greenwich, mentored by poet Joelle Taylor. Both the performances by St Paul’s School received unanimous (and deafening) support from the audience, who could barely keep in their seats!

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Have a look at this promotional video, which shows Joelle Taylor’s team St Paul’s School during the workshopping process.

All in all WORDCUP2014 was an incredibly inspiring project, showcasing the truly awe-inspiring levels of talent and creativity that thrive in the young East London community.

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Apples and Snakes’ Snakebaskets are monthly newsletters tailored for each region we work in. Here you will find lots of exciting spoken word stuff and more about what we are up to in your area. Sign up here to receive our monthly Snakebaskets! 

“just wanted to say thanks for one of the best poetry-info emails I’ve ever received. Hope to attend at least a couple of the events – brilliant!” London Snakebasket reader.

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From London Coordinator Russell

Ah, August: the month when we spend thousands of pounds travelling to Edinburgh to put on shows for audiences who all come from Islington anyway. Happy times. You can read about some of this Midlothian madness in our Recommended section, below.
Well now – can it really be a year since we kicked off our Spoke project at the Olympic Park? How things have changed: Prince Harry‘s been there, for a start. Not that I noticed him in the Poetry Potting-Shed. Anyway, things are now drawing to a close with our Reprezent Radio Residency (or should that be rezidency?) and the creation of our mega East London community poem.
Just to prove that it’s not all easterly, we’ll also be gravitating south for the Croydon Wordfest open mic. And we’re continuing another long-term project with our Architects Of Our Republic workshops, celebrating the fiftieth (or fifty-first, by now) anniversary of the March on Washington.
I was just putting this Snakebasket together when I heard about the untimely death of that ubiquitous open-miker The Wizard of Skill (James Angir). The loosest cannon on a scene that’s full of them, he could always be relied upon to add an edge of out-thereness to any poetry night: you never quite knew what you were going to get, but you knew you were going to be damn well entertained. He was entirely his own man, on stage as well as off, and things won’t be the same without him. Remember him this way.
Rest in poetry, brother.

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From North East Coordinator Kirsten

August is a funny old month. Normal people have holidays. Poets don’t do this. They take solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and severely undermine their mental and physical health by bingeing on deep-fried haggis and drinking ‘til 2am at the Banshee Labyrinth. Fortunately for you, they’ve left a little bit of poetry here in the north-east, and we’d love to have your company for JibbaJabba on the 28th, featuring the Crap Time Lord himself, Richard Tyrone Jones, back to tickle you pink. Our Home Cooking podcast continues every Thursday, 5pm on www.basic.fm, this month featuring poetry and a trip down memory lane for Sara HirschMichelle Madsen and Sam Berkson, who believe We Need To Talk About Stortford.

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From South East Coordinator Pete

Hello,

 

July saw poets with video cameras stalking the streets of Southampton during the Poetry Film Weekend Workshop with Batch and City Eye. There were some surprising and exciting results which will be going live online soon. Then Wordplay at GLive in Guildford where Guildford’s own Pop-Up Poets plus Anna Freeman and Adam Kammerling took the stage at the first spoken word gig ever at Guildford Fringe FestivalInua Ellams treated the Archimedes Screw Showcase audience to a masterclass in writing and performance and the Spoke ‘n’ Word project endured extremes of hot and wet weather at Create Festival to introduce all forms of performance poetry to an impressed and impressive crowd.

 

Bridging the Solent arrives in Southampton on the 8th for its residency at XwwX Gallery and Mettricks. Here the travelling exhibition will gather poetry and prints before sailing to Quay Arts on Isle of Wight in October. August also sees a special 451 at Nuffield Playing Field in Guildhall Square, Southampton on Monday 11th. This is part of the Art at the Heart Festival programme and will feature the poetic talents of John HegleyLaurie BolgerAaron Carpenter and that ever-popular guy who turns up at so many poetry events, Open Mike. 

See you there!

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From South West Coordinator Gina

Start the new month with a bang at Spokes Amaze! This Sunday (3rd August) with The Mouthy Poetry skills of Deborah Stevenson, Birmingham poet and playwright Lorna Meehan, not one but two slam winners and the usual video and slam shenanigans!

Fancy Slamming your way to a paid set? Sign up to Slam this month and in advance for September, just e-mail me gina@applesandsnakes.org and I can give you all the info you need, new comers welcome!

Join our Facebook group to keep up to date with what’s going on between the baskets!

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From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan

Hello all! 

August is here. There’s no use denying it. In fact, it’s happened so many times after July that I think a pattern is emerging. 

This level of brilliance will doubtless come in handy as the majority of our project take a summer break, and I take the opportunity to plot and scheme for the next season. Hit the OdeLit FusePower PlantLevel UP, etc. will all return in autumn, and we will try to bring back the resounding success that was Smash the Song too – those of you who saw CR Avery put a spell on the crowd last month know how well the cocktail of poetry and music tasted. 

Of course, there is one constant which never goes away: Poets’ Place! The tireless Jasmine Gardosi has three dates (the 3rdthe 16th and the 30th Aug) when you can come meet other poets, share your work, and find out what’s going on in the region.

So, take a look after the jump if you’re after live poetry, and enjoy the beautiful weather! 

See you very soon,

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LMDzpH-IApples and Snakes’ poet Dan Simpson shares his five top tips on ‘Taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe’.

1. Do your research! Ideally, go to the Fringe as a punter first (and do a few open mics whilst you’re there!). The Fringe is HUGE: 3,000+ shows in 300 odd venues all happening in three and a bit weeks. It’s useful to know a bit about how it all works: what Festival do you want your show to be part of (PBH Free Fringe? Big Four? Laughing Horse? C-Venues? Do you know what these are?)? When is best for you to be on? How are you going to get people through the door?

2. Identify what you would see as successful from taking a show to Edinburgh. That might be: developing artistically, getting a tour, getting a good review in the press, meeting lots of other poets and seeing their work, breaking even financially, or even just having fun. Setting yourself some optimistic and realistic targets will help you focus on making your Fringe show successful.

3. Make the best show you can. The Fringe, even the free festivals within it, is not a place to do something badly. That said, sometimes doing a show is a way to develop creatively – but what you present should be good enough for someone to pay for, and choose over other shows. Write, rewrite, learn, get feedback, improve, repeat until it’s the best it can be. You don’t want to be getting 1 star reviews!

4. Have a strong, understandable, and easily communicable hook for your show that tells someone what it is in just a few words. Handing out a flyer and telling people about your show is a performance itself – if the person thinks you’re interesting, funny, charming and warm, they’ll have a reason to come and see you.

5. When out in Edinburgh, pack for all types of weather every day. It can go from hail to sunshine in less than 5 minutes (true story). Also, have good and comfortable walking shoes – you’ll be traipsing across town to flyer, see and do shows, get home and back constantly. Eat well and often, stay hydrated, and relax sometimes – burning out is bad and your show will suffer.

You can read Dan’s comprehensive guide on Taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe here.

Dan’s show Applied Mathematics: Spoken Word for Geeks is on 16-24 August, 2.45pm at Cortado Cafe (venue 428) as part of PBH’s Free Fringe.

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Our year began with a great second season here at SPOKE, a series of varied and engaging community events culminating in the opening of the south part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 5 April. As 2014 hurtles on and our third season comes to an end, we take a moment to reflect on how our year kicked off.

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SPOKE: Earth brought together top UK poets to engage with enthusiastic, inspiring young people through four ambitious spoken word projects across East London in and around the Olympic Park.

THE POETRY POTTING SHED:

At the Poetry Potting Shed Niall O’Sullivan was our poet in residence, helping primary and secondary school children to sow the seeds of their imaginations. Vicarage and Grangewood schools were amongst those visiting the shed. With workshops, live poetry readings, and a poetry installation from local young poets, the shed was a hub of thriving creativity.

‘An interesting new landscape for London’ - Michael Rosen

If that wasn’t enough to get the people of East London queuing at the gates, poet Michael Rosen also spent a day pottering about the shed. The children of Southwald Primary, Orchard Primary, and Eastbury Secondary were the lucky participants of Michael’s poetry workshops.

Carmina Masoliver shadowed Niall O’Sullivan and Michael Rosen for the duration of their time in the shed and took a hand at working with the children, writing new poetry, and leading workshops.

‘We forget that the environment is, itself, a classroom; we don’t have to learn about it from the classroom, we can get into it and discover it’ - Michael Rosen

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With earthly tales, storyteller Helen East and the adorable animals of Mudchute City Farm and Newham City Farm captured the hearts of young families and story lovers alike. Helen brought her environment to life through her talent for storytelling and there were even opportunities for Helen’s guests to get acquainted with some of the furrier residents of Mudchute and Newham.

 

SPIN:

The park’s beautiful Timber Lodge was the perfect venue for SPIN, a fun and interactive children’s show. Our three featured poets created a safe space in which children could play with words and explore a love of poetry and storytelling. Children’s storyteller Jan Blake, children’s poet Paul Lyalls, and rapper Breis came together to make SPIN an exciting, engaging, and educational show for all who took part.

‘Ten-out-of-ten, ten-out-of-ten, ten-out-of-ten!’

UNEARTHED:

SZC_1375 copyThrough an enriching poet in residence scheme, SPOKE unearthed a plethora of new spoken word talent amongst the young people in six East London schools. Working with top performance poets, schools took part in a series of stimulating spoken word workshops. The anticipation built as the workshops led towards a final live performance showcase, where our young people got the chance to make their voices heard.

DSC_2415cropTHE WRITING ROOM:

A group of emerging writers, aged 18-25, were given the opportunity to enter The Writing Room and work with top spoken word artists, including Polar Bear, Joelle Taylor, Breis, and many more. Through a series of workshops the Writing Room participants developed their skills for performance poetry and built up to a final showcase.

 

 

SPOKE: Earth was a truly ambitious and exciting season of spoken word events. It created a real buzz of words and poetry that has engaged children and young people across the East of London with poetry today. The success of SPOKE: Earth propelled us here at SPOKE into our third season, which proved to be even bigger and bolder than its predecessor. A full write-up of SPOKE: AIR is soon to come, but you can have a look at our project page if you can’t wait to hear about it.

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During February and March 2014, leading Apples and Snakes artists worked with young people in secondary schools across Islington as part of a project called Unheard Voices. The graphic designer, comic creator and illustrator Richy K. Chandler wrote about his experience with Unheard Voices in his blog Tempolush. Here’s what he had to say.
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Earlier in the year I got the chance to take part in Islington Council’s Unheard Voices project where children collaborated with poets and other creators, through the fantastic performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes.

In a series of workshops, my task was to  help classes in two different schools create and visualise poems and stories, with the goal of putting those stories into a printed collection…

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That’s a big challenge but fortunately I was working alongside the amazing performer, poet and writer Inua Ellams who had already laid down much of the groundwork with the classes by the time I joined in the fun.

Inua helped children from City of London Academy Islington develop story ideas.  As a group they eventually settled on the theme of a bird with no wings.

Here are some of their early designs of wingless birds.

While these were planned as just developmental drawings, they were so good, some ended up in the finished book as part of the complete story.

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All the kids in the class threw their own ideas into the pot and voted for the best directions to take the story…

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 …Here are some ideas for the climax of the story along with the votes that the class gave each idea!

                           

Alongside the story development, we looked at different ways to visualise our main character who would come to be known as Pegano. Based on the kids’ agreement on what the key characters should look like, I created a reference sheet for them.

Pegano07Using the concepts that the children had developed in the workshops, Inua constructed an amazing story template.  Here’s an excerpt…

Pegano was always the odd bird out.  Some of the others laughed at her because she could not fly, some pitied her, but most of them simply ignored her.
Pegano pretended not to care.  When they turned to laugh at her, they would see her studying the forest floor, looking after the small things that crawled, but when they turned away, Pegano would look up at them, flying through the sky and wish they would speak to her.

Now I had the task of guiding the children through creating images that could be used to tell the story in comic form. This was an exciting new way for me to make comics!

First I divided Inua’s text into chunks so that different groups of children could focus on visualising each section.

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The kids started developing ways to express each scene or moment.  At this point there was no need to make perfect drawings, just get their ideas down on paper, which they did brilliantly.
For the final workshop, the pupils chose which scene they would be depicting.  They drew exciting images to be used in the comic version of the story.

I made sure that all they needed to focus on was expressing what was happening in their scene.  They didn’t need to worry about page layout or text.
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In the end I had a big stack of drawings which I took back to my studio to scan into my mac.

Pegano21Armed with Inua’s story template and some wonderful art from the children I went about creating a mini-graphic novel.

The plan was to lay out the images and add text and panel borders, so the story would read effectively and look great.  I added grey tones and manipulated the artwork a little.  Sometimes I took two or more images and collaged them together.  Other times I moved the position of certain elements of a picture or created a mirror image of a drawing if that seemed suitable in the context of a page.

Only very occasionally did I have to draw or redraw anything myself as the children’s artwork expressed what was going on clearly to begin with.

As when making any comic, as the pictures were laid out it became clear how to edit the text.  Often large amounts of words were removed as the pictures alone could express the action clearly.

So below you can read the final results of the collaboration between Inua, myself and most importantly the children of City of London Academy Islington.

Enjoy!
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Part 2 of Richy’s experiences with Unheard Voices is now live on his blog. You can find it here

If you’re interested in knowing more about Richy’s work and what he’s up to, visit his blog for updates and previews. 

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High400x400Dear Artist,

Please click here for July’s list of opportunities that may be of interest to you in the wonderful world of spoken word.

Any queries about the opportunities themselves should be directed to the contact person listed in the body of the newsletter.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

Best wishes
Maria Ferguson
Education and Training
Apples and Snakes
0845 521 3460

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JULY’S POET OF THE MONTH – LAURIE BOLGER

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It all started in Mr. Chater’s English class where we studied poets like Carol Anne Duffy and John Agard in the AQA Anthology. I loved the mix of voices and how the poems sounded when they were read aloud. Although, saying this, I was always pretty nervous when asked to do so. Mr. Chater encouraged creativity and made the poems accessible and fun. His enthusiasm for words has a lot to do with where I am today.

10368924_10152120269367217_6541419335448910073_oI now work as a full-time stand-up poet/presenter/facilitator and I hold creative writing workshops in schools and youth centres most weeks. Teaching is one of the hardest jobs to do well, needless to say I meet a lot of teachers. The Mr.Chater-types are worth their weight in gold.

So back to me being an emo teenager with my head stuck in the school anthology! I used to do a lot of free-writing at home especially if something annoyed me, I wrote songs (really rubbish ones) and even hosted my own radio show from my bedroom.

I spoke into a giant ghetto blaster covered in paint, that mum and dad used to listen to when decorating. I’d interview my mates and insist that we make adverts and read the travel report as part of my “drive time show.” I also recorded stories and poems aloud to myself for hours! I still have these tapes somewhere now, I best burn them!

These days I present my own radio show live from Camden’s iconic Roundhouse. When I pitched my show to Roundhouse Radio over a year ago now, I knew it had to be something different so I thought, why not combine stand-up poetry and music? Two things I love.

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 23.07.39“Round @ Laurie’s” now goes live every Sunday at 7pm”bringing you an eclectic mix of music and a saucy spoonful of spoken word, to help you digest your Sunday roast or help nurse your hangover…so stick the kettle on and tune in.”

My highlight of last year was being asked to host the popular stand-up poetry night “BANG Said The Gun.”  This night is all about “poetry, not ponce,” and one of the best nights you’ll go to in London - it’s loud, in your face and a lot of fun. The audience is a total mix and each week I slap on my red lippie, do my hair and give my hosting role every bit of energy I have – I love it!

10401442_10152127739202217_3557390340847434562_nI am involved in a lot of cool projects at the moment, this year I worked as the Poet in Residence for the Olympic Park, in the gorgeous SPOKE London’s Poetry Potting Shed. I also do regular gigs with The Poetry Takeaway, writing bespoke poetry for the public, this is hugely rewarding.

When I’m not gigging I like to kick back with some Wordsworth and a herbal tea. NOT!! I was in the staff room in a school just the other day and a teacher said to me – “oh so you’re a poet, well I’d love to sit at home and write poetry all day…”

I felt like going “chance would be a fine thing mate!! I never stop chasing opportunities. I wake up and each day is entirely different. If it wasn’t for coffee I’m not sure what I’d do to be fair.”

Whether it’s workshops, gigs, festival performances, literary events, radio or hosting nights…I rarely have a day off, but if you’d asked me when I was 10 years old and chatting into a ghetto blaster, what I would want to be doing at 24…it would be exactly this.

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MEET WORDCUP2014 TEAM HIVE MIND
Poet Coach Laurie Bolger gives us the low down on their progress so far…

“Despite the pace picking up in the lead up to the final weekend, you could say this is perhaps the best part of the process. Our slam team are the most confident and focused I’ve seen them during the project and we are enjoying the creative process more than ever. Watching them work together and respect each other as a team is the most rewarding thing of all”
- Laurie Bolger, Poet Coach

WORDCUP2014 is in full swing and I am left buzzing with ideas after every workshop. Hive Mind are an enormously talented group of young people and watching their writing come to life has made my week, every week!

TProcessed with Moldivhe support from teachers at Eastlea school has been enormous, and as we come closer to the final performance we are all having to be super on it to get everything done and pieces learnt in time. Nerves are kicking about slightly but I think we know it will all come together any minute and our team will be stronger than they have ever been. It’s great to see everyone supporting each other, giving constructive feedback and enjoying each others company in workshops.

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“It’s so great to see how each team member is developing in their own way. Students who wouldn’t typically work together are supporting each other and creating some excellent pieces full of energy and meaning”
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Katherine Teacher at Eastlea School.

“The cool bit for me at the moment is the “trying stuff out” as all the insecurities have gone, each team member wants their piece to be as good as it can. They are no longer afraid to fail so as a result are succeeding more”
- Kes Gill-Martin, Shadow Artist.

Join Hive Mind and the rest of the WORDCUP2014 teams at Stratford Circus on Saturday 12 July, 1-4pm, for the big Poetry Slam Final! More info here.

 WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word acrossEast London.

SPOKE is a partnership project between A New DirectionApples and SnakesSpread the WordSWEP(Spoken Word Educators Programme), and Discover Children’s Story Centre. Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of their legacy activities in and around the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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