Film- maker, Juliette Dalton from 2DiceProductionz, arrived on day 3 with a enthusiasm reflecting her passion for projects such as PDP. This energy is so invaluable to other independent project makers like myself. What was intended to be 3 minute promo was edited in to a 10 minute docu-film about the PDP pilot because her mission is providing platforms for young people’s voices. The poets did not disappoint her. It was to be a concentrated day of packed with writing, performance techniques and debate strategizing.
Watch the PDP poets, myself and Sam Berkson talk about the resonance of training days. Great result. Thank you 2Dice!
In the morning, the t-shirts arrive – Yes!
Day three was about editing the poems, honing strategies for team debating and devising performances. The poets worked really hard in such a short space of time to manifest methods for creativity to shine through debating structures. Listen to the poets poems generated in the training session while watching a slide show of them and of the PDP event at Ironbridge.
On the day, everyone delivered strong performances. Well done all!
Watch Russeni and Greer perform at The Forge for the first ever Poetic Debate Event.
The Poetic Debaters Project for Pop Up Festival of Stories went live on the 15th April.
(Top row formt he left) Angelina, Greer, Sam, Gabriel, Russeni, (kneeling) Zena, Orla, Ruth, Lana (Naga had to leave early)
Finally, the first proper training days began at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon, London. Sam and I had had four or five meetings to structure the sessions to include the right types of exercises and structures to make the training solid. Now that we were ready to deliver the pilot, it felt like we had been doing this forever.
Days 1 and 2
Lots of discussion and playing of word games around the theme of freedom of speech with newspaper article, online searches and quotes to begin getting to grips with the deeper sub-themes. Through discussion the group decides that the motion will be “This house believes there should be a limit to Freedom of speech”.
How is this motion problematic? Continue reading
The theme that Poetic Debaters will be challenged for Pop Up is Freedom of Speech.
Here is an interview with English PEN Programmer Mazin Saleem, speaking about the important work PEN International does to raise awareness around writers, poets and journalists imprisoned for their work and the relevance of Freedom of speech as a principle.
The times of the questions have been noted here.
00:08 – What are the fundamental principles of Freedom of Speech
01:57 – Satire – One person’s joke is another person’s insult
03:39 – The opposite of Free Speech?
04:26 – Does class have an effect on your right to freedom of speech?
05:40 – What work does English PEN do?
07:40 – Writers’ responsibilities to other writers – Case study Enoh Meyomesse
09:30 – How do you think being imprisoned might effect a writers writing?
10:41 – What kind of reasons do people get imprisoned for?
11.32 – Freedom of Speech in the UK
12:32 – What are the overt ‘cons’ to Freedom of Speech?
13:36 – What happens when freedom of speech is genderised, racialised or put in generational categories?
14:52 – What is the value of freedom of speech in terms of our development as human beings?
What are your immediate thoughts? What poem could you draft from your immediate thoughts?
“You ask this tongue to understand chains and it replies…”
“Stop your words, there are no ears to catch them here because…”
And the Poetic Debaters Pop Up team is near completion. We welcome Gabriel Akamo!
Gabriel is a young poet and performer from North London. One of the winners of SLAMbassadors slam poetry competition by the Poetry Society in 2012, Gabriel has performed alongside Joelle Taylor and Dizraeli at the 100 Club showcase night Performed at Literature Along the Thames, Tongue Fu , Keats’ House Festival in 2012, Rich Mix, Portcullis House in Westminster for Parliament Week and at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden. Other performances include recording classic love poetry and an original work for the Peace Camp 2012 project with Fiona Shaw CBE.
Gabriel’s keen interest in theatre, drives him to develop his writing skills and experience for theatre stages He has performed an original theatrical spoken word piece inspired by the 2011 production of Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe. He is currently taking part in the NT Connections Festival at the Artsdepot, North Finchley (and hopefully at the National Theatre). Some of his influences are Great War poets such as Owen, Rosenberg and Sassoon and recorded an original piece Goodbye Piccadilly exhibition launching in May 2014; the exhibition is by London’s Transport Museum as part of their First World War Centenary celebrations. Gabriel’s Christian faith and upbringing is a key influence on his work and a constant source of inspiration.
Israel (Exodus 19)
Before we crossed the desert
And arrived at the river,
The red sunset left our beaten brows ablaze with brazen cries, 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