Tuesday July 12th marks the completion of a three year long SLAMbassadors project West by North West, taking spoken word to secondary schools across London.
We have worked in around 18 schools, colleges, Pupil Referral Units, libraries, youth groups and arts organisations per year reaching around 3,000 young people. Each has written poems alongside some of the highest profile names in contemporary poetry and spoken word, from Anthony Anaxagorou to Adam Kammerling, from Kat Francois to Sabrina Mahfouz, from Polar Bear to Joshua Idehen and beyond.
Each young person has rewritten their names and learned to speak them loud. The students come from some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, but through their words they are elevated. In this time of great uncertainty, sorrow and aimless rage we need to hear their voices. Let the young lead us toward ourselves. And they will do just that at The Place on the morning of July 12th.
As it is the final year of that project we have made the Showcase into a double headliner event.
Hollie McNish, spoken word star and author of Nobody Told Me, will be performing a selection of her poems including her million plus viewed You Tube hits Mathematics and Embarrassed.
Hip Hop legend and social commentator Akala will also be making a secret visit to read from his new graphic novel.
To reserve tickets (no fee) please email jtaylor AT poetrysociety.org.uk by Friday 8 July at 6pm. Once you have booked I will release the gig details.
SLAMbassadors West by North West is supported by John Lyon’s Charity.