Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, slam poet and playwright. She has performed across the UK and internationally. In 2001, Joelle founded SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships, and she continues as the programme’s Artistic Director, working with thousands of young people across the UK every year.

Joelle Taylor reads Dulce et Decorum Est
Joelle Taylor reads ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’
Joelle Taylor performs Last Poet Standing
Last Poet Standing
Interview with Joelle Taylor
Interview with Joelle Taylor





Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ is a poem written during the First World War which attempted to expose the human atrocities of war and the lack of glory in warfare.

Joelle Taylor’s poem ‘Last Poet Standing’ discusses the experiences of many young people she has worked with; exploring themes of gang culture, inner city poverty and the power of poetry to transform young people’s lives.

Writing resources – Joelle Taylor and Wilfred Owen