Junior Poetry Slam 2022

Demand for the Junior Slam was so high this year, we needed to hold 3 performances! The event was part-funded by the Samuel Butler Foundation and Arts Council England, enabling us to put poets into schools where they worked with classes.

 

Kat Francois introducing the schools

Following their two-days of coaching by poets from The Poetry Society, pupils from 13 schools took to the stage at RichMix to perform their work solo and in groups.

Pupils from Clara Grant School
Slam One

Cayley Primary School : Winner : ‘Best line’ from Naima, “not of straw and timber like two silly little pigs”

Watch Cayley's performance

 

St Pauls Primary School : Winner : Best Poem from Nafisa, “My city my heart”, good imagery and rhythm

Watch St Pauls' performance

William Davis Primary School : Winner : Best group performance  – well performed, with actions and without notes “This is what the grown-ups say…”

Watch William Davis' performance

St Lukes Primary School : Winner : Best effort – performed extremely well on Zoom

Watch St Lukes' performance

Clara Grant Primary School : Winner :Best Individual performance from Tanisha – confident, funny and involved the audience.

Watch Clara Grant's performance

Performers from St Annes & Guardian Angels school
Slam Two

St Annes & Guardian Angels Primary School : Winner : ‘Best line’ from Cleo, “the city changes like a chameleon”

Watch St Annes & Guardian Angels' performance

Hermitage Primary School : Winner : Best Poem by Lisha, – lots of lovely imagery “red buses crawl around like ladybirds on a leaf”, “clippers like dolphins”

Watch Hermitage's performance

Lansbury Lawrence Primary School : Winner : Best group performance for their teamwork

Winner :Best Individual performance from Anisha, a passionate performance

Watch Lansbury Lawrence's performance

St Johns Primary School : Winner : Best effort – Lila for returning to the stage and performing well

Watch St Johns' performance

William Davis School group performance
Slam Three

St Saviours Primary School : Winner : ‘Best line’ from St Saviour’s Group “when the sugar bomb hits you like a bowling ball hitting skittles”

Watch St Saviours' performance

Harbinger Primary School : Winner : Best Poem from Gaia, for good imagery and using two languages

Watch Harbinger's performance

Thomas Buxton Primary School : Winner : Best group performance  –  for teamwork, a well-constructed performance, good rhymes and well-delivered

Winner :Best Individual performance from Ayesha, for good use of poetic technique – similes, alliteration

Watch Thomas Buxton's performance

Some of this recording is audio only at the request of the school

Osmani Primary School : Winner : Best effort – for team communication and good structure to poems

Watch Osmani's performance

Some performances were not recorded at the request of the school

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