The winners are… Yorkshire!

Members of Ralph Thoresby team at the regional heats At yesterday afternoon’s National Poetry Slam finals, the team from Ralph Thoresby High School in Leeds were hailed as the overall winners. This group works with Sai Murray, our very own poet-facilitator here at Shake! How well deserved it was, and how hard it must have […]

Zodwa Nyoni – A Letter for Mama Oluwale

One of the most successful aspects of Britain On Trial was the coming together and sharing of experiences between active, articulate, dedicated young people from two different parts of the UK and from two different artistic organisations – Leeds Young Authors and Shake!. Zodwa Nyoni, a Leeds Young Authors alumni (Leeds Superheroes of Slam winner […]

Introducing Britain on Trial Court Sketch Artist: Patricia Bongani

As well as a packed programme full of poetry, speed-lectures, film, workshops, creative writing, discussions, dialogue, movement, presentations, food, tea, exhibitions, intergenerational & interdisciplinary dialogue – phew! – we were also able to commission the artistic talents of a young poet to be our Court Sketch Artist. Here is a preview of one of Patricia […]

BRITAIN ON TRIAL- The Charge – Young Voices Speak Out!

BRITAIN ON TRIAL- The Charge – Young Voices Speak Out!, a set on Flickr. The first photos are up on flickr featuring snapshots of the first order of the day – THE CHARGE: Welcome by: Esther Stanford-Xosei -co-Vice-Chair of PARCOE (the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe)Outline of the day by: Jane Trowell– Shake! coordinator/ Platform […]

Britain on Trial: Young People Speak Out: Full Programme details

The Carriageworks, Leeds, this Saturday 29th October, 11.30 – 7pm Anyone wanting to listen to young people and discuss with us how to take a stand and foster creative resistance to institutional racism – you should come to this. The re-trial for justice for Stephen Lawrence is beginning in November. The country is trying to […]

Come to “Britain on Trial”, Saturday 29th October, Leeds

Enough is enough Back in June, Platform, Leeds Young Authors and University of Leeds academics from the MA in Activism and Social Change put in an application to the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2011.  Unlikely context for Shake you think?? Well, talking with Shake’s Simon Murray who also works with Leeds Young Authors, we […]

Our first meeting for the ‘Britain on Trial – Arts and Activism’ event

Jane, Rotimi, Samia and Selina from the SHAKE! collective took a day trip to Leeds yesterday to meet up with Khadijah and Simon, facilitators from Leeds Young Authors and Stuart, a researcher from the University of Leeds MA in Activism & Social Change. The meeting was planned to lay down the groundwork for the “Britain […]

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