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LONDON AUTHOR MASTERCLASS: Poetry for Young People: Debunk the poetry myth and harness its power with performance poet, Jasmine Gardosi

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Date(s) - 16/03/2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, ,
26-30 John Adam Street - London, WC2N 6HL


Poetry for Young People with Jasmine Gardosi – Saturday 16 March 2019

Engaging younger audiences with poetry can be hard. Some of the common misconceptions of poetry – that it’s difficult to understand, and isn’t relatable – can stop many young people from wanting to learn more. The reality is very different, with an exploding culture of spoken word, Instapoetry and political conversation.

This masterclass will teach you how to engage teenagers and young adults through poetry and debunk these myths. You might be a poet who wants to expand your audience, a fiction writer who wants to reach young people in a new way, or an educator wishing to engage students in the art form. During the class, you will learn ways to write and adapt work into poetry to capture the interest of young people. Linking to the current poetry landscape and focusing on spoken word performance, social media, and engagement with specific topical issues, Jasmine will suggest ways in which you can adapt poetry for your own needs.

Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion, BBC Slam finalist and Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist. Having previously appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, BBC Asian Network and at Glastonbury Festival, she performs regularly around the UK and has been featured by Button Poetry as Outstanding International Entry in their 2017 video contest, for which she received an Honourable Mention. She runs West Midlands Poets’ Place and other school and community workshops, including CPD and specialist sessions on creative sex education and LGBTQ issues. Find out more from: @jasminegardosi

Includes a pub lunch and tea/coffee.

More information is available here: Masterclass Flyer 2019

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Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer any refunds unless the Masterclass is cancelled. The programme may be subject to change.