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Slambassadors 17th August

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Last night I performed at a Slambassadors gig set up by Joelle Taylor – it was a two and a half hour poetical romp of perfection. I love each Slambassadors gig because I’m continuously reminded just how talented everybody is – each time they step on stage they bring something new and even better than before. I come out of each gig emotionally drained and ready to write fifty new poems that evening. 

Joelle reminded me that it was in the same venue – Richmix – four years ago that I performed as one of the national Slambassador winners. A reel of images were playing in the background the whole night which contained two horrific photos of myself – but she can be forgiven for letting that happen because of the dedication that she constantly shows to discovering new talent, then giving them spaces to perform across London, everyone has so much love for Joelle. 

When you witness a crazily talented 18 year old deliver a poem which is so truthful that she breaks down on stage and has the audience in tears and full of admiration for her talent and courage, you know that this is why you write – this is the power that words can have. 

Slambassador gigs are always so varied – hard hitting poems mixed with fast-paced MC verses and incredible beat boxing. 

I am inspired once again and am going to spend the rest of the week writing whilst replaying each performance in my head. 

Shout outs to Richmix, Joelle Taylor, and all of the performers:

Niquelle Latouche, Alistair Grey, Zionite, Tolu Igiti, Gabriel Akamo, Lewis Buxton, Kareem Parkins Brown, Ollie O’Neill, Jamal Msebele and BaddaBoomTee


YPL – Spread the Word

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm


I am one of the final 6 who have been short-listed to become the first ever Young Poet Laureate of London! 

It’s been all go this summer, back in July the 6 short-listed poets took part in a residential week in Cardiff where we focused upon performance techniques with the beautiful Malika Booker and the side splitting Stuart Silver.

Here is a site specific piece I wrote in a workshop with the current Young People’s Laureate of Wales, Martin Daws:

The River Taf

Tell me about the time in Australia when you nearly drowned,
how older brothers have the knack of hanging from trees like Christmas baubles.
When he falls,
his belly flops tease you closer to the current
as they splash your summer dress.

There is something so calm about this July day,
I am waiting for the shark attack –
when love letters written to women who are now mothers
float to the top of the Taf
and people from around town gather with picnics,
to snatch envelopes from birds’ beaks –
surely one must be for me.

What is sadder than an empty dinghy that could fit in two at a squeeze?
The line of women on the parallel bridge,
who on a day like today
ate sweet strawberries
whilst thinking of the first man to love them

before traipsing home
with children that do not look like him or her.