On the evening of the 29th June, Kingsbury High School students who have graduated from the Slambassadors spoken word poetry program were invited to a very special event to celebrate a very special achievement.
In the October half term 2015 La Shay Green and Zahra Shaikh were selected by Slambassadors founder and internationally renowned poet Joelle Taylor to participate in a week long writing retreat in the countryside of Yorkshire where they were able to refine, edit and rehearse pieces they had produced in the school workshops. They did this with one of the first ever Slambassadors winners and multi-published, award winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou.
As well as being a very successful poet Anthony also runs poetry and music events as well as founding his own independent publishing company Outspoken Press. Anthony and Joelle were so impressed by the standard of the work produced by our students and others during this retreat that he agreed to take the work and publish it.
Last night at the Forge in Camden, Joelle and Anthony hosted a launch night for the anthology A Heartful of Fist that saw performances from some of those included in the anthology alongside some of the best poets currently working in the UK.
Art teacher, Chris Beschi, said “It was proud and humbling to see these young poets hold their own alongside vastly more experienced performers.
“Slambassadors has been offering a platform for young people to find and grow their voices for the last 15 years. I am proud to have led some of our students to this and look forward to continuing a long relationship with the Poetry Society, Slambassadors, Outspoken Press and the poets they produce.”