Meet number ten, our final WORDCUP2014 coach…
WORDCUP2014 is a celebratory spoken word project for young people aged 13-15. From April-July, teams selected from ten schools in East London are getting the exciting opportunity to work with top professional poets, to put pen to paper and create their own poetry and spoken word. Through workshops, the teams will polish and sharpen their poetic skills in time for the big WORDCUP2014 poetry slam on the 12th July.
#10 DEAN ATTA
With the help of Sophie Fenella Robinski, Dean will be coaching the hopefuls of Buxton School in Waltham Forest towards the WORDCUP2014 slam final!
Award-winning poet, presenter, performer and all-round creative Dean wrote and produced the critically acclaimed urban musical, ‘Scratched Out’ for the London stage.
He was commissioned to write for Dr Maya Angelou‘s 80th Birthday Gala and for the Gay Icons exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery. He has also written for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
Dean won the Black LGBT Community Arts Award 2008 and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. He won the Spirit of London Award 2009 for ‘Achievements through the Arts’ for his work in schools tackling bullying and homophobia, and he is now an for ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards.
“Unapologetic, perfectly candid and equally moving” - Writer’s Block
SOPHIE FENELLA ROBINSKI – Shadow Poet
Sophie Fenella Robinski is a poet and a performer from London. Her background is in theatre and performance art, and she is always looking for new ways to combine performance with poetry.
In 2012 she completed an MA in Performance Practices and Research, with distinction at Central School of Speech and Drama. Since then she has become a member of The Roundhouse Poetry Collective, Jacob Sam La Rose’s Burn After Reading Poetry Collective (#BARPo), and Podium Poets.
Sophie has performed both independently and with a theatre company called Portmanteau, and in July 2013 she was long-listed to be the Young Poet Laureate for London. Her poetry has been published on websites and in magazines such as The Bohemyth, Inky Needles, and Myths of the Near Future, and is due to be published by Thynks Publications in 2015. She is also the co-founder of The Patchwork Paper, and is really excited to be working on WORDCUP2014.
WORDCUP2014 is part of SPOKE: Air, a wider programme of events to promote poetry and spoken word across East London.
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.Read More