Holy Family Catholic School makes the Spoken Word Stars of Tomorrow

Holy Family Catholic School makes the Spoken Word Stars of Tomorrow

Photo credit © Mark Burton

Photo credit © Mark Burton

On Thursday 13th February some of Britain’s youngest performance poets gave their Spoken Word Club Spring Showcase to an audience of well over a hundred people. They were supported by the former poetry World Slam Champion, Kat Francois.

Last year Holy Family Catholic School in Walthamstow became the first school in the country to host full-time embedded poetry, spoken-word educators in collaboration with the Spoken Word Education Programme. Its Spoken Word Club has been meeting for two hours every Wednesday evening for the last thirteen weeks to work towards the Showcase.

Holy Family’s Spoken Word Teacher, Peter Bearder said:

            “It was great to see so many come to support the energy, commitment and talent of these young poets. Holy Family is helping us cultivate the live literature superstars of tomorrow. It is beautiful to see how students grow as confident and articulate young people by becoming  part of this artistic community.”

Headline Act Kat Francois said:

            “The kids rocked it. I was very impressed by the level of writing and performance.” 

Team captain Oliver Folaranmi (far right) performing with his team on 13.2.14

Team captain Oliver Folaranmi (far right) performing with his team on 13.2.14

Other special guests included professional spoken word artists /educators: Raymond Antrobus, Dean Atta and Keith Jarrett who are resident poets in other schools around London as part of the Spoken Word Education Programme which works to improve literacy, confidence, speaking skills and emotional literacy in schools. Last week Dean showcased his students at Buxton All-Through School, Leytonstone. On Wednesday 5th March at 4pm, there will be a Showcase at Lammas School in Leyton with representation from all 6 of the participating schools from across London.

Have a read of Peter Bearder’s article written in the guardian regarding this project and bringing Spoken Word into schools  http://ow.ly/uiISm

For further information see:

http://spokenwordeducators.org  or email:  spokenwordeducation@gmail.com

 

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