Five students from Ark Globe won a national youth poetry slam competition, beating over 700 entrants from across the UK to be crowned SLAMbassador 2016 Winners. Their poetry focused on topics around social justice and the students are excited to spread their message to other young people around the country.
SLAMbassadors is the national youth slam for 12-18 year olds. Since 2001 it has been unearthing new talent, igniting live events, and developing the future of UK spoken word. The slam is open every year to any young person in the country, and aims to uncover the next generation of performance poets and spoken word artists. To enter the slam, the five students filmed a series of poems that they had written for the competition, which can be viewed on the Globe Poets YouTube page.
The winning students will take part in an intensive, two-day masterclass with the spoken word artist Joelle Taylor. The winners work will be showcased at a live performance in The 100 Club alongside Joelle and Lemn Sissay.
The biggest prize however is the continual mentoring provided to the young artists by The Poetry Society, who work hard to introduce the emerging poets to the professional arena and open up the world of performance and publishing to them.
Halil Es: “The opportunity to have a whole year of mentoring from Joelle Taylor and The Poetry Society is really exciting, as I can improve as a writer and maybe even make a career out of poetry. Nobody expects young people from South East London to be poets – and now we’re proving that it’s possible to do it for a living.”
Joshua Adeyemi: “Poetry has changed the way I’m perceived at school, and my motivation to be here. I used to get in trouble all the time, but now I am respected by other students and staff because I can articulate my ideas by finding my voice through poetry”