Free Leonardo da Vinci poetry workshop with Joelle Taylor at Buckingham Palace

This is an incredible opportunity for young poets aged 15 – 19. Join none other than the performance poet, author, playwright and Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK, Joelle Taylor in a FREE poetry writing workshop for young people on Saturday 18th August from 10am – 5pm.

The workshop will take place in the illustrious setting of the Queen’s Gallery, at Buckingham Palace, and attendees will be able to get up close and personal with Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of the human body in the incredible Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist exhibition. After exploring da Vinci’s amazing anatomical drawings, workshop attendees can then hone their writing with exercises and support from Joelle to create a piece of poetry inspired by the body.

As regular blog readers will know, Joelle Taylor is an experienced workshop leader who has run the Poetry Society’s slam poetry competition, SLAMbassadors UK, for ten years. She has masses of experience working with young people from all over the UK and beyond to create exciting, fresh poetry that leaps from the page. This workshop, generously supported by the Queen’s Gallery and the Wellcome Collection, is a unique opportunity to benefit directly from Joelle’s experience and wisdom- and to draw inspiration from some of the world’s most incredible pieces of art.

This is a free event, but if you want to come you MUST book a place in advance.

You will need to arrive at the Queen’s Gallery by 10am on Saturday 18th August and be available all day until the workshop closes at 5pm. You will also need to bring your own lunch.

Young poets aged 15 – 19 who wish to attend can book by emailing Ally Davies at the Poetry Society at

Joelle working with some young Slam poets (image by Hayley Madden for the Poetry Society)