Until 2018 our work in schools went under the Wordsmith banner. Here is a video from 2015 where our facilitators alongside some teachers and students from our schools explain why the project worked so well for them
Here are some performance videos from our work in schools over the last 3 years
Burnage Media Arts College
Claremont Primary School
Loreto High School
Rolls Crescent Primary School
St Margaret’s Primary School
St Mary’s Primary School
St Philips Primary School
Webster Primary School
Manchester Children’s Book Festival
In 2016 Wordsmith worked with range of collaborative partners. With creative youth participatory projects with Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS, we delivered an interactive event to consult on what it is like to be young in Manchester today. This project sought to highlight the complexity of young people’s lives in ways, which contest negative stereotypes of their behaviour, both in contemporary society as well as historically. Wordsmiths facilitated the poetic interpretation of the young people’s experiences, working with them to understand, verbalise and write their thoughts, feelings and experiences in poetic format.
Additionally Wordsmiths worked collaboratively with Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, Manchester Children’s Book Festival and the young people’s author Alex Wheatle on our event Youth in Crisis? Which was part of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival. This was an interactive event aimed at generating the opportunity for young people to discuss their ideas, feelings and observations on the question of ‘is youth in crisis?’ The event explored the lived experience of young people, allowing for an opportunity to challenge popular misconceptions of youth.
This exciting event was facilitated through the use of performance poetry with Wordsmiths and Young Identity. Wordsmiths also co-facilitated a follow up event at Manchester Central Library with renowned young people’s author Alex Wheatle, author of ‘Brixton Rocks’; this involved working with the young people throughout the day in creating poetry and other literary forms that were later performed in the library.
Wordsmiths consistently work in a highly professional manner, facilitating, enthusing and promoting the use of performance poetry and other literary and performance art forms with young people.