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Hat's Electro Poetry Slam

Hosting an online poetry slam - (£5 entry) for Peter Cowley Africa Trust because everyone can enjoy fundraising, and poetry!

140 %
raised of £1,000 target
by 61 supporters

Peter Cowley Africa Trust

We help local people in Kenya gain access to education, raised incomes, & clean water

Charity Registration No. 1037257


  • Write a poem on the themes 'learning' 'senses' and 'warmth' (as loosely as you like)
  • Video record yourself reading the poem (or the visual can be anything you like - birds flying etc..) on a phone 
  • Send the poem file to me via or email ( and make your donation on this page
  • Poems will be judged in July by a famous poet (TBA) and the winner will not only receive glory, but also a first class prize!

There are 5 secondary schools for deaf children in Kenya and none in the region Riandu, which means that only 12% of deaf teenagers in Kenya are receiving secondary education. 

My buddy Ali's dad is a trustee of the Peter Cowley African Trust that work with projects in Kenya and her brother Pete is a training architect. The Church and Mother's Union in Riandu, Kenya have expressed need for a secondary school that caters for deaf teenagers and Pete, with help of his architect profressor at Nottingham University (and a little team of architects including Roan Howard-Jones!) are designing this school right now. We will commence building stage 1 (of 3) this summer end of August-September. And all the build volunteers like myself need to raise £1000 for building materials (of £80,000 alltogether). 

It's a huge and exciting project. I wanted to channel that excitement into my fundraising efforts and make the whole process a creative joy-spreading venture of some sort. Many of you will know that I like to collect poems from friends when they come to my house to stick on my 'poetree' (its a wall-mounted tree of poems). Poems are somehow a lovely little snippet of someone's mind at a point in time, or a bit of a fun nonetheless. raise funds, I wanted my friends, their friends, their neighbours, my teachers, some people your aunty met in the street last week and their long-distance cousins.. to send me poems for a poetry slam (/poetry reading).

This is going to be a big event so it will have to be video readings sent to be via or email (my email is You may video yourself performing, or anything you want, as long as the poem is read over the top, or is expressed in some way. You just donate £5 (or more if you like) to this justgiving page per entry to the contest.

The best 20 entries will be sent to a famous poet judge (TBA) and the top 3 will be announced, and with permission, published online. The winner will receive a writing quill and a pot of ink (creative juices) so that they give the world more of their talent!

But don't worry - it doesn't have to be a 'technically' great poem, I  have heard that even my cat is entering... so I guess as long as you can do better than headbutting a camera and drooling you're set for greatness.

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Thank you so much!