YPI Spotlight: Jessica Stevens

We've brought back the YPI Spotlight segment to shine a light on Poetic Insight veteran and YP Insight Family member, Jessica Stevens, who has found light in darkness through her poetry and most of all, her daughter. Hi all, my name is Jessica Stevens. I’m a 22-year-old poet, spoken word artist and musician in Mitcham. … Continue reading YPI Spotlight: Jessica Stevens

Why Youth Violence is Close to My Heart

In the lead up to Tuesday's Poetic Insight, when the theme is Youth Violence, Shaniqua speaks about why it is important to her through writing and spoken word. As you probably know by now, we're focusing on youth violence this month at YPI, which is something that I hold close to my heart and want … Continue reading Why Youth Violence is Close to My Heart

What’s Coming Up in June?

It's actually mad.  We're already halfway through the year, which means that we're halfway through another calendar of YPI events.  All of the events that have already taken place have been unique and rich in their own way, bringing a different flavour each time but always bringing people together. This month, we will be focusing … Continue reading What’s Coming Up in June?

Openness and Honesty Expressed at Poetic Insight

Shaniqua looks back on May's Poetic Insight, which focused on Mental Health. We continued our focus on mental health at Poetic Insight with a very special night at Urban Xchange Bar & Grill on May 28th.  Openness and honesty was expressed in abundance through poetry, spoken word and shared personal experiences, which was truly inspiring … Continue reading Openness and Honesty Expressed at Poetic Insight

Interview with Elizabeth Arif-Fear: Campaigning for Human Rights Through Poetry

Shaniqua speaks to writer and human rights campaigner Elizabeth Arif-Fear about her first book of poetry, 'What If It Were You?' Shaniqua- Elizabeth, tell us about who you are and what you do. Elizabeth- My name’s Elizabeth and I’m a writer and human rights campaigner passionate about building bridges amongst people of different cultures and … Continue reading Interview with Elizabeth Arif-Fear: Campaigning for Human Rights Through Poetry

How can we look after our mental health?

Shaniqua looks back on this year's mental health focused conversation at The Kickback. With last week being Mental Health Awareness Week, mental health was the topic of conversation on May 21st.  This year, we were looking at depression, so we were joined by Richard from Mind in Croydon, who did an amazing job of getting … Continue reading How can we look after our mental health?

Mental Struggle

Following on from her Mental Health Awareness Week post and leading up to The Kickback and Poetic Insight, Shaniqua shares a poem about how it feels to struggle mentally. How can you find peace when the inner depths of you is a living hell? Your own mind determined to destroy you from inside out Send … Continue reading Mental Struggle