WHAT IS "I know I wish I will"?
Eastside is celebrating its 25th birthday through delivering I know I wish I will a national spoken-word poetry programme which is developing the creativity and confidence of thousands of young people from across the countrys most deprived neighbourhoods.**
Your funds will help us create a new world record West End Poetry Marathon, running continuously from 11am on Friday 20th March 2020 until midday Saturday 21st March.
We will be welcoming young people and their families from all across the country to Londons Criterion Theatre to come and perform their original poems and make their voice heard.
We will be live streaming the event across the country (and the world) and welcoming celebrities, performers and poets to host each of the marathon sections. We will publish the whole poetry performance in a beautifully designed souvenir book celebrating the voice of the nations young people in 2020.
WHAT WILL MY DONATION SUPPORT?
500 young people from across the country will be invited to perform on the West End stage. Many of these may not have the means to travel down to London. As a supporter you can help us support these young people with travel and accommodation costs plus ticket subsidies for their loved ones to enjoy their performance.
We would like to give our participating young people the warmest reception possible and to provide refreshments for those staying overnight and transport around London.
Without your help we will not be able to get all those young voices to the event.
To find out more about the project and how to submit work please see the " I know, I wish, I will " website.
WHY IS YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED?
SPOKEN WORD POETRY CAN BE A POWERFUL TOOL TO UNLOCK YOUNG MINDS AND ALLOW THEM TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES
Dont just take our word for it heres feedback from the school workshops weve been running across the country:
A pupil, who has a history of mutism and a recent family bereavement, used the workshops to express how they felt and make sense of their negative emotion.
One pupil performed a piece about her experience of the care system; although teachers were aware of the situation this was the first time the pupil spoke at length about it, and especially to her peer group. She said It just felt like the right way to talk about it.'
We had pupils singing their poems and adding actions without prompting, one teacher passed a poet a note whilst self-nominated performances took place stating this pupil was a self-certified mute until last week!
"Absolutely brilliant couple of mornings at East Dene. The kids were so impressive. Some extremely moving I come from; poems from a few kids they really bared their souls. Everyone participated and performed."
** neighbourhoods include Rotherham, Toxteth, Boston (Lincs), Peterborough, Forest of Dean