Arvon at Home: Children & Young People’s Workshop with Joelle Taylor

Slam Poetry

Thursday June 24th 2021, 11:00 am BST


Spoken Word

(recommended age: 14-16)

It’s fair to say 2020 probably wasn’t the year any of us expected. As we dust ourselves off, with new working environments and home arrangements springing up around us, we find ourselves navigating a world that feels familiar yet also markedly different. The impact of these changes seems to be especially acute for young people, and our new Arvon at Home Workshops for Children and Young People are designed with this in mind. They offer online opportunities for creativity and self-expression, outside the curriculum, for young people aged 8 upwards, whether from their own home or in a school classroom, under the guidance of expert tutors in poetry and prose.

At Arvon we believe anyone can be a writer, which is why we are thrilled to be an official partner of First Story’s annual celebration of creative writing, National Writing Day 2021, this year taking place on the 23rd June. Finish your week of writing with a powerful workshop on spoken word with award winning poet and author Joelle Taylor.

Explore the form of slam poetry, its themes and techniques – and learn how to transform your personal politics into transformative spoken word. This session will look at identity and life story as its basis, and will include tips from Joelle on performance techniques.

Visit the National Writing Day website to find out more about the day and download a host of free resources from Arvon, National Poetry Day, The British Library and many more.

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet and author who recently completed a world tour with her latest collection, Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK national youth poetry slam championships, as well as the international spoken-word project Borderlines. She is widely anthologised and the author of 3 collections of poetry and is currently completing her debut collection of inter-connecting short stories The Night Alphabet. Her new spoken word theatre show and book CUNTO was the subject of the Radio 4 arts documentary Butch and will be published in June 2021. She is a co-curator and host of Out-Spoken Live currently resident at the Southbank Centre, and the incoming editor of Out-Spoken Press. She can be reached at

Date: 11:00 – 12:00, 24th June

Cost: £3

As part of an ongoing effort to make these workshops as accessible as possible, these workshops are FREE to teachers and concessions are available. If you have any questions about the workshops or booking please contact Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole on




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