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Engaging hard to reach young people with Caleb Femi
Thu 30 March 2017, 15:00 – 17:00 BST
Engaging hard to reach young people: free masterclass for writers and arts practitioners
With Caleb Femi, Young People’s Laureate for London, and New Writing North
Poet Caleb Femi is the Young People's Laureate for London, a role which entails advocating for young people. He is also an English teacher, filmmaker and photographer.
Through his laureate role, he hopes to shine a light on the potential poetry has to bring people together, as well as re-engage young people with art. Caleb believes poetry has “a huge potential” to pave the way for people to have “difficult or taboo conversations”.
On his appointment as Young People’s Laureate, Caleb said: “I hope to re-engage young people who have, for one reason or the other, become disenfranchised with poetry. I hope to get them reading, listening to or writing poetry outside of school or educational settings. I want to help them cultivate their own voice through poetry.”
In this masterclass, Caleb will share his experience of working with young people. This will also be a space for writers and practitioners to share their own experiences and ideas. The masterclass is suitable for those who are experienced in working with young people, as well as writers who would like to move into this area of work.
As a poet, Caleb's commissions include the Tate Modern, The Royal Society for Literature, and the Guardian. Caleb has graced major stages such as the Roundhouse mainstage, Barbican, British Library, Royal Festival Hall. He has also opened up for Lianne La Havas and has performed at many festivals including Latitude, Ed Fringe, Boomtown, Lovebox and Greenbelt to name a few. Caleb has also won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam and Genesis Poetry Slam and is currently working on a debut pamphlet. Also, Caleb has led poetry workshops in schools around the UK.
As a filmmaker, Caleb has released two documentaries ‘What Did Love Taste Like In The 70s?’ and 'Heartbreak & Grime', to good international reception, which has led him to give talks and panel discussions on the topic of Grime music, Roadman culture and masculinity.
The workshop is free to attend, but you will need to register in advance. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and writers working across all art forms. We particularly encourage applications from writers from under-represented groups, including BAME, LGBT+, disabled and working class writers.
For more information email Rachael@newwritingnorth.com.