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Joelle's Poetry Slam

Joelle Taylor with students

Award winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author, Joelle Taylor, visited St Paul’s recently to run a poetry workshop and poetry slam.  With advice from Joelle, the students produced emotional and inspiring spoken word pieces on a range of topics including Grenfell Tower, religion, stereotypes, social injustice, the refugee crisis, equality and racism.

In the afternoon students took part in a poetry slam, an open mic style session, where they performed in front of an invited audience of Year 9 students.  There was great energy and enthusiasm in the room and all the students were hugely appreciative of their peers’ efforts.  During a slam the audience clicks their fingers when they like or empathise with what’s being said, and they are encouraged to give hearty applause and cheers at the end.

Joelle was moved to tears by the students’ poetry, commenting that “St Paul’s has its own scene right here” and suggested that students should set up their own slam club.  She said:  “It’s inspiring to know there’s a new generation whose tongues are on fire and whose hearts are guiding the rest of us.”

Joelle, who is also a talent scout, was so impressed with the spoken word performances of Maureen Onwunali in Year 10 that she has invited her to perform at an event in the near future. 

Mrs Emma Exelby, English Teacher, said:  “It was a thrilling experience for everyone involved.  I thought our students demonstrated great passion and creativity and on behalf of St Paul’s would like to thank Joelle for running such a fantastic workshop for us.”  

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