Archive for slam poetry

Trip to Germany and Austria

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , on May 5, 2011 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Friday 6th May I’m flying over to Germany to perform some of my poetry. Me and some local artists will also be getting the train over to Austria for a performance. I’ll keep you up to date with how the trip goes!



Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Matt 'Man' Windle

First of all, a massive congratulations goes out to my team. Birmingham city for beating Arsenal in the cup final! I was there with 32000 Brummies and it was one of the proudest days of my life. Let’s just pray we can now stay in the league.

Monday 28th February I was nursing a hangover and about 4 hours sleep as I set off to Telford to do another day at John Randall School to get ready for the slam we would be holding.

Tuesday 1st I put on a 2 hour performance/chat and a workshop at Shire Oak school and then got the young people to perform at the end of the day to friends, teachers and even parents!

Wednesday the 2nd I was at Warren Farm Primary School helping the year 5 class get ready for their Romeo and Juliet music video. What fun that was!

Thursday the 3rd I was at Birmingham museum and art gallery with Bewdley School putting on quick fire half hour workshops where I got the young people battling with 3 words that I gave them to rhyme with.

Friday 4th world book day was celebrated at Dormston School where teachers and pupils came to school dressed as a book character. I held 1 hour workshops with the year 7s and 8s and also judged the winner for the fancy dress competition. I hope to go back there again in the future.

P.s more recent posts will be coming very soon!

Jobs for this week!

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Matt 'Man' Windle

My first poetry action this week was Tuesday the 18th of Jan at the Steiner Academy in Hereford. I worked with pupils there around the theme of ‘identity’ and really got some cracking and inventive stuff. Let’s hope they send some of the poems my way!

 Thursday the 20th of January I went back to Bearwood School to present the winning team with their ‘slampion’ trophy. A massive well done to them!

Then later on that day I’m off to Kings Heath community centre to perform at an event being held by the police force discussing with young people what can be done to make their area better!

Friday 21st I have a meeting with Warren Farm Primary School to work out our lesson plan for the upcoming project I have there.

Workshop @ Alexandra High – Weather Permitted!

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Tomorrow (Monday 29th of November) I’m back at Alexandra High school for the second year running holding a slam workshop all day with the year 9’s. Their main writing theme will be ‘aim higher’ and the winning group of the day will go on to face other Sandwell schools on the 9th of December at the Public in West Brom. Hopefully we’ll get some nice new poems to pop on to my website as well :).

To Birmingham and beyond

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Monday 22nd. I’m kicking the week off at Terves Green boys’ school trying to get some lads a bit more inspired and showing them a different way of learning. Then from 2.30pm I’m off to Bearwood for a meeting with Bearwood Primary.

Tuesday 23rd I’m back with the Tapestry of talent guys from Harborne Academy and this time we’re hitting London! They better be ready.

Wednesday 24th I’m hooking up with Jodi Ann Bickley and we’re just going to write, write and write until we get some good ideas for the final speak up of 2010. You don’t want to miss that on December 7th!

Thursday 25th I’m starting off with my good friend Spoz at Phoenix collegiate for a slam poetry workshop as part of the Sandwell Slam that will be happening at the Public in West Brom. Then I’m off for a poetry performance in Worcestershire with the guys I’ve been working with for the Young Poet Laureate.

Friday 26th I’m starting the day off at BBC WM with Phil Upton at 8.20 am so listen out for that! Then I have a performance at the MAC doing a poem about mental health that I have wrote especially for the occasion and then from the evening I’m at Aston University to perform for the community groups that work around Birmingham trying to give young people chances!

This weeks plan.

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

Today, Monday 15th November I’ve had a great day at Netherton primary school getting young people (year 5) in to poetry. They all said it was boring before the session and wanted my autograph as I was leaving.

Tuesday 16th I am receiving my leadership award for the work I’ve been doing around the city so I’m honoured to be getting this and can’t wait for the night to begin.

Wednesday 17th for the school day 8-3 I’m at Swanshurst School for anti bullying week and they will be basing their poems around that subject. Then from 5pm I will be at the Council House doing a performance for young people who are receiving awards.

Thursday 18th my public address tour continues and this time I’m in Plymouth. Lets hope some more contacts are made!

Friday 19th I will be rushing back from Plymouth for a meeting before returning to the Council House to host an event that’s dominated by youngsters!   

Saturday 20th I end this busy week off with a trip to Walsall to perform with the tapestry of talent gang from Harborne Academy.

Sunday 21st I’m hooking up with Jodi Ann Bickley to sort out the plans for the final and biggest ‘speak up’ of the year that’s happening on December 7th. Keep your eyes peeled on this site for more info closer to the time.

Trinity school workshop.

Posted in Gigs, Inspiration, Library, Poetry, Schools with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2010 by Matt 'Man' Windle

The 3rd and 4th of October see’s me visit Trinity Church of England school in Wolverhampton. Over the 2 days I will be working with years 4, 5 and 6 getting them writing and performing poetry. The winning year 6 group is also performing in assembly. Let’s hope they get something out of the 2 days!