What’s Coming Up in October?

It’s October, which means that we are officially back from our break, and we haven’t come back quietly either.  We’ve got a full-on month of greatness in store for you, so get comfortable and read on to find out all that we’ve got in store.

Instapoetry Workshops

In case you happen to have forgotten, it’s Black History Month, so we are collaborating with Croydon Libraries to put on workshops that will result in young people creating some amazing Instapoetry inspired by Croydon’s Black History Month theme, R.I.D the Stigma – Representation. Identity. Diversity.

Starting next Monday 7th October, we’ll be at Croydon Central Library from 4.30-5.30pm for two weeks only, then our friends Well Versed Ink will be facilitating workshops at Thornton Heath Library from Wednesday 9th October at the same time.

The beautiful poetry that is created will then be published on Croydon Libraries’ Instagram throughout October, so your words will be out there.  So if you’re 13-19 and want to take part, then contact libraryvolunteers@croydon.gov.uk

Living in Poetry Festival 2019

Speaking of our friends Well Versed Ink, we are partnering with them again to bring back the Living in Poetry Festival!  If you came along last year, it was great, but this year is going to be even better.  We’ve got a jam-packed day for you on the 12th October from 11am-8.30pm at the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls, celebrating the spoken and written word.

We’ve got Rodney P, Debris Stevenson, Jude Lawson, Zena Edwards, Blak Twang, Amani Saeed and whole lot more on the line up, so this is not an event to miss.  Oh yeah, and we’ve made 80% of the events FREE to attend, so that’s just another reason for you to come down.  There are also a number of free tickets available for young people aged 14-19 to attend this year’s two shows Rhyme x Remix and High Rise eState of Mind, so if you work with young people, please email livinginpoetry@wellversedink.org to get your hands on some free tickets.

So if you’re thinking of coming along, get your tickets at lipfestival.com now to avoid missing out.

The Kickback

The Kickback returns for another big conversation, because you know we don’t do small conversations here.  With it being Black History Month, we are talking Concept of Race, which is surely going to bring up a lot and will likely go in a number of different directions, but it is such an important conversation to have.  If you have any questions that you want to be specifically asked, then please do get in touch by sending a message to youngpeopleinsight@gmail.com

Of course, we’ll be at Project B from 6.30-8.30pm, but on the 15th October this time around.  We’ll be bringing the snacks and the smiles, so all you have to do is bring your voices and your minds – and a friend too, if they’re free.  The Kickback is supported by Kiwanis Club of Croydon, who help us to bring you the snacks you love to graze on.  You can register for free at bit.ly/letstalk-conceptofrace

Poetic Insight

We’re seeing out October and continuing to mark Black History Month with Poetic Insight, when we’ll be back on our Black-Ish.  It’s gonna be beautiful, it’s gonna be powerful and it’s gonna bring some amazing young voices to the stage.

If you want to share your poetry or spoken word on the night, please email youngpeopleinsight@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the list. However, if getting on stage isn’t your thing, then send us your poems and we’ll post them here on the blog.

We’ll be at Urban Xchange Bar & Grill for the poetry on the 29th October, from 7-9pm.  It’s quite a distance away, so get the date in your diaries or calendars, so you don’t miss out.  You can get your free tickets here too: bit.ly/poeticinsight-blackish19

We may have had a break, but it doesn’t mean that we’ve changed our minds on having your voices represented on the blog, so please send us your poems, personal experiences or creative writing on race, culture, or anything concerning Black History Month. Email us at youngpeopleinsight@gmail.com with anything you would like to share.

We’re looking forward to seeing your beautiful faces this month after a month away, so come along to any of these events throughout October and say hi.  Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Living in Poetry Festival 2019 before they’re gone, because you’ll have to wait a whole year until another chance comes along.  Enjoy your October.

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