I want to start off by saying ‘Happy Black History Month’ to all of you and I hope you’ve been enjoying the beginning of Autumn. After taking time out and enjoying some much-needed reflection time, which you can read a little about here, I’m back and ready to go with more Young People Insight activities.
October is shaping up to be a busy month for me personally, with the start of a protest poetry course at the Roundhouse, getting involved in a knife crime campaign with Croydon Council and also a projection project for the festive season, alongside some of the amazing poets from Poetic Insight.
I’m also humbled and excited to have been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Mayor of Croydon Civic Awards in the category of Young Achiever of the Year. The awards ceremony will take place on October 17th when the winners will be announced, so I’ll keep you updated on how I do.
Of course, the regular YP Insight events are coming up too, which you definitely will not want to miss out on. The Civic Awards ceremony falling on the 17th has meant that I’ve pushed back our conversation about culture to October 24th, so make a note of the change in your diaries.
The topic of Culture – when we’ll be joined by a guest speaker – is set to be an incredibly interesting one and I’m sure that it will be a conversation that will take a number of twists and turn. As you can see on the flyer above, the name for our forums is still a mystery, because I want the final choice to be yours.
Please take a second to choose your favourite name by answering our Twitter poll or let me know your choice on the comment section below. I want this to be a collective decision, so your vote is essential.
The name may be different, but the time and location will be the same, so join us on October 24th from 6.30-8.30pm in Project B when we’ll be talking all about Culture. You can register for the event here: http://bit.ly/letstalkaboutculture
Poetic Insight returns too and I cannot wait! Since it is Black History Month, the theme for the night will be Black-Ish, so if you’re a young poet or spoken word artist, get ready to make a statement and speak out on any ‘ish’ related to being black. If you want to perform, send a message to 07910092565 or get in touch with us on social media.
We’re at the usual location of Project B from 7-9pm, so make a note and don’t miss it. It is gonna be a beautiful, powerful night. Register for your free tickets here: http://bit.ly/poeticinsight-black-ish
As you can probably tell, I’m excited to be back and immersing myself in everything that is coming up. I’m looking forward to connecting with all of the familiar faces and new faces too, because you are at the centre of all I do and you make it worthwhile. See you soon.
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