Transforming schools through poetry
The Albany Theatre
Based in the heart of Deptford, the Albany is a performing arts centre with a history stretching back to the nineteenth century. Their programme encompasses a range of music, theatre and spoken word, as well as an array of participatory projects. Facilities include a café bar, rehearsal and meeting rooms for hire, and office space.
Apples and Snakes
Apples and Snakes was set up in 1982 by a group of poets in order to establish more performance poetry events. They have a national reputation for producing exciting and innovative participation and performance work in spoken word. Apples and Snakes work in partnership with creative individuals and organisations across the country to produce high quality artistic experiences – including work with, for and by young people – that raise the profile of spoken word and push the boundaries of the artform, artists and audiences. They have a particular focus on nurturing emerging talent and championing marginalised and disenfranchised voices.
Arvon is a charity that works to ensure that everyone can benefit from the transformative power of writing. They offer life-changing creative experiences to anyone that writes, from beginners to established published writers, from school age upwards, from all backgrounds.
Concordia University Chicago is a comprehensive university comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs (the Institute of Professional Studies and Graduate Cohort programs). CUC offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as doctoral degrees.
Eastside Educational Trust
Eastside Educational Trust is a registered charity with a mission to engage and educate school age children, through direct participation in the arts. They aim to inspire all young Londoners to develop their potential, share their talents and enrich their lives by enabling young people to work with professional artists, in areas where needed most. Their educational outreach programme actively targets those that are disadvantaged or disaffected and young people that have special educational needs, learning difficulties or disabilities.
SlamBassadors (The Poetry Society)
SLAMbassadors UK is a national youth slam for 12-18 year olds. They create live events, showcase new talent, offer professional development for contestants across a wide spectrum of faiths, backgrounds and abilities. Their aim is to involve as many young people as possible in reading, writing, and performing poetry. Young people across the UK are invited to enter the Slambassordors Championship by filming themselves performing a poem or rap piece and uploading it to their YouTube channel.
Spread the Word
Spread the Word works with London writers at all stages of their careers to help them achieve their full potential. With a focus on the writer, their workshops, one-to-one advice surgeries, mentoring schemes and other activities use established professional writers to develop writers’ skills and support them in building a career in writing. They encourage new and original voices in poetry, fiction, scriptwriting and other genres. Through public performances Spread the Word provides opportunities for up-and-coming and established writers to showcase their writing to live audiences. They work in partnership with libraries, LEAs, local authorities, arts venues and other arts organisations, and are a NationaL Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
The National Association for the Teachers of English (NATE)
Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre draws on its heritage as a festival site, with art and activities inside and outside. They offer a wide range of cultural events including music, dance, art, performance and spoken word events throughout the year. Southbank is committed to working with young, emerging and established talent across the artistic community. They currently support four Resident Orchestras, 14 Artists in Residence and over 100 other artistic organisations. They manage the Arts Council Collection on behalf of Arts Council England and curate the Hayward Touring Exhibition programme in venues throughout the UK. Southbank Centre occupies a 21-acre site in the midst of London’s vibrant cultural quarter on a site that includes Royal Festival Hall,Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery, and the Saison Poetry Library. As well as these venues, there are restaurants, cafes, bars and shops to enjoy.