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Poetry for Performance Summerversity workshops

Monday 23 July 2018, 11:30 amSaturday 28 July 2018, 4:30 pm

Poets performing on stage at SLAMbassadors throw their hands up in the air

Ever wanted to go to Summerversity? If you’re aged 13-19 you can! Book onto a free week of poetry workshops to explore issues around identity, with spoken word legends Joelle Taylor and Travis Alabanza. The week of writing and performance workshops will culminate in an appearance at the Go Islington festival at Highbury Fields. Suitable for all levels and LGBTQIA+ friendly.

What are you waiting for? Book now by emailing [email protected]. Spaces are limited.

This six day project is being run by The Poetry Society, supported by Gendered Intelligence and funded by Islington Council.

Dates: Monday 23 – Saturday 28 July
Times: 11.30am – 4.30pm
Ages: 13-19
To book: [email protected]

Joelle Taylor (photo credit: Cesare de Giglio)

Joelle Taylor is an award winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana) taking in a diverse range of venues from the 100 Club, the 02 Arena, the Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Court, the Globe, the ICA, Buckingham Palace and various prisons including Pentonville and Holloway. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts in 2015 as well as being named as one of Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Change Makers for positively affecting cultural Britain. Her latest collection is Songs My Enemy Taught Me.

Travis Alabanza (photo credit: Elise Rose)

Travis Alabanza is a London based writer, performer and theatre maker. In the last two years their work has appeared in venues such as The Tate, V*A, Roundhouse, ICA and recently completing a US tour. Their poetry book before i step outside (you love me) has been shipped to over 15 countries and listed as one of the top trans literary books of 2017. Noted by DAZED, ID, Artsy and MOBO as one of the most influential young queer figures, Alabanza’s performances has swiftly became noted amongst London’s scene and further afield.