Today I was at the library theatre in Birmingham to judge the school's anti-bullying poetry slam. This was the first poetry slam I’ve ever been to, so though I was very excited, I didn't really know what to expect. Now I am better informed, I would certainly go to a slam again, and drag along anyone I could get hold of, so they too could experience the awesomeness.
I was blown away by both the standard of the young people's writing and how they bought the poems to life. It was brilliant to see so many interested in poetry, and I hope they all continue writing. Unfortunately, the high standard made my job in judging very difficult, but in the end Four Dwellings School won unanimously.
As well as the performances from the young people, several poets performed also; Spoz, Dreadlock Alien, Andy Craven-Griffiths, Charlie Jordan, Matt Wyndle- so many stunning performances in one night! I also performed a poem, which was somewhat nerve-wracking; following after such skilled poets, but I really enjoyed the chance to perform, and can't wait to do more similar events in the future.