What a huge treat it was to attend Saturday’s Shake the Dust Final at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The nine winning teams from regional heats across England competed for the national award. It was the first time I had been to a poetry slam, and I was blown away by the talent on show. Most of the young people who took part were between 13 and 16. Their talents were awe-inspiring. Every performance was brilliant – extraordinarily creative, passionate, clever and thought-provoking. Several were funny as well. Lots were political. The judges’ task must have been horrendous. The photo shows the fabulous team from Ralph Thoresby School in Leeds, who took the overall prize, along with their teachers and the judges.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012