Contribute to The #ShakeTheSystem Anthology

During this time of mass confusion and uncertainty, we recognise the necessity to amplify the voices of those marginalised and the necessity of our resistance and innovation.

We are calling out for your voices.

As we enter our 10th year we are calling for you to be a part of our #ShakeTheSystem! 10 Year Anniversary.

Climate change: who should we trust?

By Orla PriceOn 30 September this year the Free Word Centre held a discussion on the topic ‘Trust and the environment’. The discussion centred on what sources of information we could trust in the face of climate change, and how education, the media, politics and the public perceived threats to the environment. What I found […]

Headspace – Shake #5 Poem – “Dear Beauty in the Rubble”

Headspace: when we think about how the amazing capabilities of the mind to imagine and  agility of the brain to calculate, reason and deduce, we always imagine it to be an electrifying place to be. It should and always be. Shake’s Headspace 2014  is about how we connect with these abilities, how we learn and […]

Few words from Zena post Shake!”13 @ BGAC

Zee grooving to Lucas Kelly’s poem “Messy Python”                                             I am speechless. I can’t even talk about tired after an intensive week of youth arts and activism because I’ve been so inspired by the voices of the young people on the this weeks Shake course. It has been empowering, emotional…. oh I could go on […]

Event: Shake! Showcase #2 Voice! Verse! & Power!

Voice! Verse! & Power!  is the explosive showcase from the participants of the second Shake! course. Featuring freshly created poetic, filmic and musical responses to injustice, the showcase will present an original and inspiring mix of political creativity. The event is FREE, but with limited capacity, it is important to get your tickets early! So […]

I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate – Suli Breaks

Great Video about how some young people are wise to some of the failings of the education system. Virtually every line hits a point of observation to provoke thoughts about how education catergorizes people, and lacks true bearing to the current affairs in the real world. A serious comment on the future for young people. Thanks to […]

A Messy Picture – By Nathaniel Chapman

Sometimes life is just raw. There are not pretty edges. There are no get out clauses. This poem speaks directly  to an experience that many young people feel today. It rolls with clarity, “no frills” but hard hitting and heartfelt. It asks for someone to take notice that young minds searching for answers. What response […]

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