The Youth Word Up 2019 with Vanessa Kisuule

Working in partnership with Off the Shelf Festival of Words
Performance: Young people and poet Vanessa Kisuule
Events: 24th Oct 2019 | 7.30 – 9.30pm -The Hubs, Sheffield
Free event. Register via Eventbrite here

It’s that time of year again for the Youth Word Up – working with young people’s services in Sheffield & South Yorkshire. Local young people will perform pieces written during workshops with Vicky Morris from Hive, sharing their experiences and hopes. Many have never done anything like this before and have written brave and beautiful work about everything that can happen in young lives. Sharing the stage with the young performers are young writers from Hive and headline poet and slam champion, Vanessa Kisuule. Her poetry collections are Joyriding the Storm and A Recipe for Sorcery and she is currently Bristol City Poet.

Suitable for ages 13+, parental guidance applies
Free anthology from the project available at the event

About the Youth Word Up

As part of his guest curation of Off the Shelf in 2012, poet, novelist and activist, Benjamin Zephaniah, created The Youth Word Up – a project designed to give young people a chance to have their voices heard alongside an established poet.

Now in its 8th year, the Youth Word Up is an ongoing success with young people writing poetry and performing it alongside top poets at yearly events during the Festival. In 2013, a Youth Word Up, audio-visual installation of young people’s spoken poetry was showcased in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens. And since 2012 a publication of work by young people was produced from the project.

The Youth Word Up is an Off the Shelf Festival of Words Project funded by Arts Council – Grants for the Arts
Supported by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Community Youth Teams, Sheffield Youth Justice Service, Chilypep, Healthwatch, Doncaster Foyer, Care team, Hive South Yorkshire, Vicky Morris and Arts Council England.