There was a double dose of Poetic Insight in July, as our regular monthly night took place on July 31st after coming to Thornton Heath Arts Week (THAW) for the first time two weeks prior.
I love poetry, so it was great to have two poetry events to see out Young People Insight’s activities before going on my extended break. And boy, did we see out our events with a bang. I fully mean it when I say that if you were not there, you missed out. It was pure fire.
Returning to the Poetic Insight stage for the second time that month – following his THAW debut – was Elisha with his usual words of wisdom, encouraging us to connect with people.
Like Elisha, Antonia debuted for us at THAW and had us up in our feelings again by sharing a beautiful poem dedicated to her late cousin. Antonia displayed incredibly bravery, as her cousin only passed away during the weekend and she managed to get through the piece without crying.
Veteran, Aaron, encouraged us all to never give up, utilising his wonderful way with words to inspire us all. Second time performer, Emma, continued to display bravery and honesty as she gave us a greater insight into who she is with a gorgeously deep poem.
Aaron James took to the Poetic Insight stage for the first time and brought fire with a real, raw messages that made us all think. Ada was real and raw as well, delivering a strong poem about knife crime.
We were happy to welcome Kris back to our stage, who had us all engaged and clicking away with his bars on the mic. It was amazing to watch him bring a two-way conversation to life through spoken word.
The night then elevated to an even higher level when Annotate blew us all away, and branded me speechless, with a powerful new poem that told a hard-hitting story. Mhairi then brought us to tears with a poem dedicated to fellow member of the YP Insight family, Samirah, who also sat crying in the audience – that is friendship goals right there.
Then Woodzy came and brought down the house with his spoken word poem, 90s Baby, which got everyone clicking and shouting out in excitement. The level of nostalgia was unbelievable, and coupled with his amazing delivery, made it one of my favourite moments ever.
Although I didn’t intend to perform, I shared the final poems of the night – I was encouraged by everyone in the audience, because it was my last event in a while. First, I shared a poem about three treasured family members who died in the past two years, as it is my goal to get to Heaven and part of the reason is to see them again. Then I shared a short poem about my transition from darkness to light.
I want to say a huge thank you to the beauties who performed on the night, and all the beauties who came out to support. I could not do any of this without any of you and it is truly a pleasure to know you amazing people.
As I mentioned earlier, I am going on an extended break to take time to heal, so Poetic Insight will not be back until October. This is also going to be the last post until October, but please look back on our past posts and get some great insights into what young people are saying and thinking.
If you would like to stay in contact, meet up on a social level, or get updated on when we’re coming back, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow @ShanqMarie on Twitter and DM me, as the YP Insight social media will be inactive as well. See you beautiful people in October.