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
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
The Poetic Debaters Project is being supported by the Pop Up Storytelling Festival, Poetry Society, and English Pen. Each organisation have been instrumental by investing belief, funds and some advice on the development of PDP and recruitment of young poets.
This is a shout out to Philip Cowell, Lucy Wood (Poetry Society), Louise Sawn from English PEN. Special thanks to Dylan Caulder (Pop Up’s visionary and Creator), the incredible inspirational Joelle Taylor (UK National Slambassadors Creator at The Poetry Society) and Mazin Saleem (PEN). Thank You for all your input.
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