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Young poets celebrated at QMUL’s Globe Road Poetry Festival

Loving mums, sly scorpions, and ‘rolling rocks on your fingers’ were among the eclectic images explored by more than 120 young poets at QMUL’s Globe Road Poetry Festival.

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Creativity abounded at a noisy, energetic and laughter-filled poetry slam – where students from Stebon Primary School and Randal Cremer Primary School took centre stage on Friday 13 November.

The poetry slam was the culmination of weeks of preparation and practice performances, all facilitated by Eastside Educational Trust.

In October, the students took part in creativity workshops where they brainstormed ideas and developed poems around the theme of ‘mother tongues and conversations from home’. The workshops were led by professional poets Michaël Vidon and Miriam Nash.

Three groups from each class were selected to take part in the grand finale, held at QMUL’s Octagon and hosted by writer and filmmaker Paula Varjack.

Under the watchful eye of judges Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London 2014/15, and Toni Stuart, the six groups competed for three awards: best poem, best performance, and best audience reaction.

Professor Andrea Brady, curator of the festival, described the performances as “brilliant, refreshingly energetic, and totally enlivening”.

“If ever evidence was needed that poetry can be embraced and enjoyed by young people – it was very much on display here. The creativity and confidence of the performers was amazing – I loved it, and dearly hope that the experience lit a poetic spark in the minds of those in the room.”

She added: “Huge congratulations to the winners but well done to everyone who took part, supported their class mates, and composed such interesting and vivid poetry.”

Eastside Educational Trust’s Director, Christopher Enticott said: “As an organisation focussed on developing young people’s creativity, it is fantastic to see the support offered to the local community by QMUL. It is important for young people and their families to understand that creativity is a valued and valuable skill.”

Best Poem

Randal Cremer
Team Name: Luv Bruv
Names: Baboucarr, Joyce, Busra, and Zerda

Best Performance

School: Stebon
Team Name: Wild
Names: Towfiq, Tanjina, and Zannat

Best Audience Reaction

School: Stebon
Team Name: Mashed Potatoe
Names: Mujahid, Sumaiyah, and Fabiha

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