Tag "young poets"
Praveena: Library Takeover

Praveena: Library Takeover

This week we talk to Praveena, a student participating in Library Takeover – an exciting new training programme for aspiring event producers aged 11-18 year and creative library staff.

I found out about the Library Takeover project via an e-mail from Croydon Library. The aim of Library Takeover is to encourage teenagers to visit the library more frequently, by producing an event in a library. I decided to apply because, the scheme offered me a chance to work with professional creative producers as well as other young people.

The first …

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Raymond Antrobus - Spoken Word: An Education

Raymond Antrobus – Spoken Word: An Education

The second blog post in our series about the Spoken Word Educator Programme (SWEP), delivered in partnership with Goldsmiths University and aiming at nurturing young students’ talents as well as poet educators’ skills. This time around, Raymond Antrobus talks to us about intertwining his poetic voice with his teaching experience.

I have been a Spoken Word Educator for three years. Each year has been different, any teacher will profess that no two years are the same. As educators the lessons for us are limitless. In my first year working in …

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Christian Foley - Spoken Word: An Education

Christian Foley – Spoken Word: An Education

With time over the summer holidays for retrospection, Christian Foley tells us how his involvement with the Spoken Word Educators programme has challenged his poetic practice and changed his ideas about community. 

In an educational climate characterised by the league table, the exam and the inspector’s clipboard, spoken word education has never been more necessary. Wider society is perhaps unaware of this, as are policy makers and government officials, and in fact, at one point, so was I.

I had been (haphazardly) running poetry workshops in schools for a few …

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