Nottingham Playhouse, Writing East Midlands and Mouthy Poets in association with Apples and Snakes invite you to take part in Shake the Dust at Lyric Lounge Nottingham
Shake the Dust is a national performance poetry project taking place in schools and youth groups across England from February to July 2012, inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games. www.shakethedust.co.uk
The Lyric Lounge festival celebrates spoken word by creating relaxed spaces for learning, practicing and performing spoken word and poetry. It is part of Igniting Ambition, the East Midlands' contribution to the Cultural Olympiad. www.lyriclounge.co.uk
13 -16 year olds from participating schools and youth groups will have the chance to work with an established spoken word artist to learn about poetry and performance. They will write, craft and devise performance poems to be showcased at a regional celebration and slam competition at Nottingham Playhouse, in June 2012. The highest scoring team from the regional final will go on to represent The East Midlands at the national Shake the Dust weekend in London from 5 - 8 July 2012.
We are looking for five schools or youth groups to take part.
We would like to invite your group to be involved.
Participating schools/youth groups will receive:
This is the largest project of its kind ever to take place in England. It is a unique opportunity to give your students a real life experience of literature in a way that engages and inspires them, moving beyond the page. The project is suitable for students of any ability level and may be particularly relevant to those who struggle to engage with literacy or who have other educational barriers. We are also keen to involve young people experiencing disadvantage or social exclusion. As well as learning about poetry, students will work in a team,improve their confidence, self-esteem and public speaking skills and experience being part of a regional and national community of poets and young people.
We hope that you are interested in being part of this project. We can only work with five schools or youth groups from the region so please contact Catherine Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you are interested in taking part.
We will also be hosting a free teacher training session on Weds 23 November from 4-6pm at the Nottingham Playhouse led by Jacob Sam-La Rose aimed specifically at teachers, educators and youth workers who are keen to increase their creativity and develop their skills in supporting young people's learning through poetry.
To book your place at the free poetry INSET session, please call the Nottingham Playhouse Box Office: 0115 941 9419
Article by L Glynn / 18th November 2011