Thursday 1 August 2013

A New Direction

Jolade, Bridget, Warsan, Momina, Aisling and James
These hip wordsmiths in the rather cool Pier32-supplied t-shirts are the six nominees for Spoke, a competition that aims to find a new young poet laureate for London. Jolade, Bridget, Warsan, Momina, Aisling and James are already making names for themselves as poets, mentors, speakers and educators. Spoke intends to help them push their talents to the next level.
Spoke is a new, visionary poetry and spoken word programme that will offer people in East London an opportunity to watch, perform and develop careers in spoken word.
The programme will also allow people to perform poetry in and around the newly evolved Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the former site of the Olympic Park.
Pier32's involvement in the project is via our friends at A New Direction, tireless campaigners for the value of arts and culture to the lives of all young Londoners.
They promote practical ways that schools and other institutions can develop cultural opportunities. We're all for that here at The Pier, and are happy to support Spoke.
The new Young Poet Laureate for London will be announced on the 3rd of October. For more on the competition, and to find out more about the nominees, visit the A New Direction website.

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