Yes Greer Dewdney! You complete the PDP team going up to Iron Bridge on the 19th April. Welcome!
It has been said of Greer Dewdney that her poems are like monkey bars, with powerful swings of narrative throughout braced at either end by solid, grounding images. A mild-mannered archaeologist by day, Greer brings the ideologies and experiences of a young woman native to London into her work, which has been nurtured and challenged through collaborations with Jacob Sam-La Rose, Pascale Petit, Karen McCarthy Woolf, John Hegley and Ian McMillan amongst others. She is a Barbican Young Poets alumna, and has performed in venues from the Tate Modern to the Birmingham Rep Theatre.
My brother was born on a blue beanbag on the living room floor.
I lay oblivious in my parents’ bed
and in the morning he seemed swaddled in the black and red curtains.
Three weeks later, I threw a two litre bottle of pop across the same living room.
That was my first attempt to get rid of him.
My second attempt involved scrawling his name in chalk
across the upstairs hallway.
Yellow calligraphy as high as my head
spelling out the unnecessary presence.
I was foiled by his not yet being able to hold a pencil.
Having failed with cunning, I returned to brute force, Continue reading
Great to have you as part of the mission, Angelina!
As an actor, Angelina is already accustomed to putting on performances. But upon discovering poetry in October 2013 she was exposed to a whole new world and has been hooked ever since. Angelina is a member of poetry writing class, Poets Platform, through them she gained the skill and confidence to perform at various poetry events such as BoxediN and Word4Word’s 10th Anniversary. Her background in acting and performance can always ensure that she’s one to watch!
Sometimes I just want to run away
To where? I couldn’t tell you
I just wanna run
To run and run and run
Run until the drumming of my heart echos the beat, the beat, the beat of my feet Continue reading
I worked with Orla on Voices That Shake! Youth Arts and Activism project. Orla is a sensitive and emotive poet whose performances are passionate and reflective. I look forward to her contribution to PDP Pop Up.
Orla Price is a former member of the Dublin Writers forum whom she performed with and a member of the SHAKE network in London. She blogs at www.sillical.blogspot.com
Out there in space the words they spin, my words
But when I speak, if I speak
If I muster that courage, it’s a mere leak
No cascading waterfall, more like a drip through a stonewall
I want to construct palaces to the miracle that is languages
Instead there are only shadows of monuments built inside.
And they say it’s easy, well they lied.
Each word a brick carefully laid, Continue reading
Ruth is a twenty year old poet and writer from London. She has been fortunate enough to work with a range of writers including Jacob Sam-La Rose, Nick Makoha and Jasmine Cooray.
Ruth has performed in venues including the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre and British Library. In the summer of 2012 she worked as a Young Producer for the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus Festival. She has worked at the Barbican Centre as an assistant for their experimental theatre scheme, ‘Pit Lab’ and as a volunteer for an English Immersion Camp in Spain, where she helped Spanish children write poetry. As a result of her work as a young ambassador for the Southbank Centre’s ‘Woman of the World’ Festival in 2013 she was invited to speak on a panel about young people and feminism with the poet Caroline Bird.
She has shadowed Jacob Sam-La Rose on a school project in Chelsea and Jasmine Cooray on a poetry and mental health workshop at the Dragon Cafe. Ruth was a participant in the Barbican Young Poets scheme (2011-2012) and the National Theatre’s ‘New Views’ playwriting scheme (2012-2013), for which she wrote a thirty minute play. As an Editor for Spinebreakers.co.uk, she reviews books, interviews authors and reports on literary events. She is a member of the London-based poetry collective Burn After Reading, and often participates in their monthly performances at The Gallery Cafe. She recently won an Ideastap brief to participate in the National Theatre’s ‘Young Studio’ where she will work with a variety of theatre practitioners.
Ruth will be studying English Literature at University College London from September 2014.
Publish and be Damned
I want to publish you.
I want to put you out there
so you can see, Continue reading
Welcome Russeni to The Poetic Debaters Project 2014!
Russeni’s interest in Spoken Word began in 2011 when he performed as the opening act at the oval House ‘Writers Rave’. Soon after this, he was invited to the ‘Poets Platform’ at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. His work at ‘Poets Platform’ encouraged him to pursue a career in Poetry & Spoken Word. Since then, he has become a highly sought after artist, with performances at many shows across London, including ‘Heart Felt’, ‘Under The Skin’, ‘Bang Said the Gun’, and ‘Poets Manifesto’, to name a few. In the past year, Russeni has performed in venues such as the Olympic Park and Roundhouse, and he has dazzled many audience with his dramatic, engaging and attention grabbing style of performance. He is now a part of the Spoken Word Group ‘Rhythm Of Men’.
Lana Bell is one of the first poets recruited to PDP. Welcome!
“I am a seventeen year old spoken word artist based in south London. I’ve been performing rap/poetry regularly for almost two years now. I love music and am beginning to make music with spoken word poetry/rap. I have worked as editor and writer for UK based Hip Hop magazine called I am Hip Hop and organized and monthly spoken word night in Camberwell to represent this magazine.
I am a Barbican Young Poet, and have been since 2012 and also part of the BAR collective.
Samples of my work