What’s Coming Up in November?

We’re officially into the penultimate month of the year and beginning to head into the festive season, which should be a lot of fun.  November is already proving to be a more relaxed month than October, but we still have some great things coming up for you this month.

This month, I was asked to be part of ‘Croydon’s Festive Fantasia’ and contribute a poem celebrating Croydon that would be projected onto a number of buildings in the town centre.  Three amazing poets who have performed at Poetic Insight – Ashan, Alana (aka Authentic Alanie) and Jennelle – created three gorgeous poems that I combined into one and had the privilege of recording.

The projected poem will premier on Saturday 18th November at 5pm in North End, along with the five other giant animations, but you will then be able to see them between 4.30pm and 9.30pm until Saturday, 23rd December.  So if you can, come along to the launch on Saturday and look out for the special poem by these talented ladies.

On November 21st, The Kickback returns for another dynamic, mind-opening conversation.  We’ll be talking Online Dating, as suggested by the wonderful Stephen who spoke to our hearts at the end of last week’s Poetic Insight.  Stephen will also be taking the lead this month, which will be an exciting change.

If you haven’t yet, save the date now, come down to Project B from 6.30-8.30pm and have your say on Online Dating.  You can register for the event here: http://bit.ly/letstalkaboutonlinedating

A week later we’ll be at Poetic Insight and the theme for November is Relationships, which is open for personal interpretation – relationships don’t have to mean romance.  If you’re a young poet or spoken word artist, come ready to make your voice on relationships.  If you want to perform, send a message to 07910092565 or get in touch with us on social media.

Again, save the date and join us in Project B from 7-9pm.  I think it will be another beautiful night.  Register for your free tickets here: http://bit.ly/poeticinsight-relationships

And just in case you didn’t know, I was named the winner of Young Achiever of the Year award at the 2017 Mayor of Croydon Civic Awards last month, which was a special and emotional moment for me.  I genuinely did not expect to win, but I could not have won without all of you who have been involved with Young People Insight.  I appreciate you and look forward to seeing you soon.

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On Our Black-Ish at Poetic Insight

On October 31st, we saw out Black History Month at another special Poetic Insight.  Our theme for the night was Black-Ish, which led to a variety of beautiful, powerful and inspiring poetry delivered by young talent.

First we heard from Nyasha, who returned to the Poetic Insight stage after some time away and celebrated the beauty of natural hair, which I’m sure many females in the audience could relate to.

Poetic Insight regular, Authentic Alanie, shared a poem inspired by two of her favourite things, Autumn and Africa, which resulted in some gorgeous imagery.  Mahmoud took to our stage for the first time, passionately expressing his African heritage and the life he’s living, and also inspired us with a poem he wrote just 15 minutes earlier.

Gus made us all think with a variety of poems, which got deep into the beauty of blackness, and Natalie graced our stage for the first time to remind us that it’s time to unite through a thoughtful spoken word piece.

Sid returned to perform a Poetic Insight favourite, ‘Prayer for the Oppressed’, reminding us of the importance to have consideration, respect and care for all.  Aaron was also back after some time away, sharing a powerful spoken word piece about unhealthy information, while also letting us know that skin colours shouldn’t be divided.

The final performance of the night was from Annotate, who brought the house down with a spoken word piece about the divides and horror of humanity.  It was fire.

However, what made the night even more special was a point of poignancy from Stephen, who urged us to reach out and speak to the teenagers around us in a bid to ease some of the tensions in society.  He emphasised the point with a personal anecdote of his own, which moved all of us and caused us to think about what we could do to make a little difference in our community.

Moments like this are what Young People Insight is all about as we work towards being the change we want to see.

Poetic Insight returns on November 28th when the theme will be Relationships, which is open to interpretation – relationships aren’t always about romance after all.  Save the date and if you’re a young poet or spoken word artist wanting to perform, email me at shaniquab29@yahoo.co.uk or send a message to 07910092565.

Stay updated with Young People Insight by following @YPInsight on Twitter, following @youngpeopleinsight on Instagram, liking Young People Insight on Facebook and subscribing to the Young People Insight YouTube channel.