I have not had much cause to visit the nation’s capital very often, and when I have, I have frankly been overwhelmed by it’s sheer breadth. It was therefore a surprise even to me to find myself there twice in the space of a month, all in the name of poetry 😀
Firstly, on the back of a very enjoyable evening of performance at Mouth Pieces in Sutton Coldfield, I visited the Archer Academy in North Finchley to promote poetry in workshops and assemblies for years 7-9, reaching 450 students altogether as part of their Litfest 2018 festival.
This was a brilliant day for me personally; I got to share my love of poetry with students who are either just beginning or on their journey to discovering their full potential and it was a real honour for me to be able to answer their questions and offer advice and inspiration to them in the way I most enjoy. I was genuinely moved and very excited by the powerful poetry that the workshop participants created and will hopefully be able to share their work here soon, with permission from the school.
Three weeks later, I returned to London as one of three Birmingham representatives as Rick Sanders aka Willis the Poet took his brainchild down to London for the first time.
It was great to be able to share my words with a new audience and also to hear some London-based wordsmiths do their thing. Big up to Rick, my main man Joe, Michelle, Laurie and in particular Emily whose poetry really touched me and hit me, hearing her for the first time.
I can see myself in London again before too long 🙂