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We are pleased to have Deanna Rodger, poets and outspoken word artist extraordinare, host the first PDP event for the Pop Up Festival on Saturday 19th April.
As young female poet, Deanna’s passion and direct approach to writing style and delivery leaves the listener enlivened by her energy and moved by her open-heartedness.
Deanna is also an actor. She has written spoken word since 2007 and went on to be the youngest ever poet to win the 2007/8 UK Poetry Slam Championships.
She completed vocational acting training in The National Youth Theatres REP Company 2012 and has written and performed as a poet and actor in 2012 Olympic Team Welcome Ceremonies, Buckingham Palace, Speakers House, 10 Downing street and Honey Coated Dream. a Lyric Hammersmith commission.
She is co founder of two popular spoken word events Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me (Spread the Word, New Writing South) and is in poetry collectives: Rubix, Point Blank Poets (Biennale UK Artist International award 2011) and Keats House Poetry Forum, as well as leading on Podium Poets (Spread The Word) and workshops in and around London.
Excellent to have her on board!
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Poet and MC Muazzin Aziz aka Naga MC- another PDP Poet with freestyle skills.
Is he a PDPteam’s trump card? Welcome Naga!
London Slam Championships in 2009, Naga has focused his art hand commitment to the
London Slambassadors team run by Joelle Taylor at the Poetry Society. He has performed at various events from City Hall to numerous festivals across London. Naga has also featured on Desi DNA, an Asian cultural program on BBC2 as well as radio stations.
Naga is currently working on his upcoming E.P, which is due to be released on iTunes this year! He has toured with the Asian Dub Foundation performing in countries across the globe.
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Pop Up have teamed up with the Royal Opera House design team to do outreach to the local community of each site visited to engage them pre-festival. This a great way for the local people to have hype about the festivals arrival and and to have a sense of ownership.
Here are of some young people busy on Poetic Debaters poster from the community of Thurrock where the Pop Up Storytelling Festival will be on the Saturday 3rd May.
The first Poetic Debaters Throwdown Event will be happening in an amazing site. It’s very apt that the venue should be the birth place of the Industrial Revolution. It’s also poignant that a group of Young Poets will be exercising their freedom of speech in a space filled with such metaphorical resonance.
The actual PDP event will be held in this building – The Forge, where raw mineral iron would have been smelted. The space has dramatic levels and gives so many performance possibilities.