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News: I think there­fore I Slam!’ poet­ry com­pe­ti­tion a hit with stu­dents and staff

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Last week (8 June), we awarded the Grand Slam title 'Slambassador' to two of our students, Cerys Francis and Emily Hewitt, both studying A Levels with us at our High Pavement Sixth Form.

Stu­dents from across the Col­lege were invit­ed to enter the com­pe­ti­tion, which involved writ­ing their own orig­i­nal slam poet­ry — a form of per­for­mance poet­ry that com­bines the ele­ments of per­for­mance, writ­ing, com­pe­ti­tion, and audi­ence participation.

Last week, stu­dents pre­sent­ed their cre­ations in-front of a pan­el of judges and wider audi­ence at an event held at our City Hub campus.

Cerys per­formed four of her poems, whilst Emi­ly chose just one, called At 18’, to wow the judg­ing pan­el. In sec­ond place, Lev­el 3 Applied Sci­ence stu­dent, Ori­on Pol­lard, brought pan­el and audi­ence mem­bers to tears with her own poem, which took the form of a let­ter to her younger self. This deeply per­son­al and emo­tion­al poem, which was pep­pered with humour, was tru­ly inspir­ing. In third place, Ikra Zubair’s poem, about the ills of social media, also impressed the judges and drew applause from the audience. 

Cerys and Emi­ly, our Slam­basadors’, both write poet­ry in their spare time, and whilst both study­ing Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture at A Lev­el, each has their own career path, tak­ing them in very dif­fer­ent directions. 

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Cerys (left) and Emily

Cerys is look­ing to go to uni­ver­si­ty next year to pur­sue a career towards anthro­pol­o­gy and Emi­ly has her sights set on a degree in com­put­er sci­ence. Whilst not look­ing to become pro­fes­sion­al poets, it was very clear that both had a unique and remark­able tal­ent and clear­ly dis­played a pas­sion for poet­ry and per­for­mance in con­vey­ing thought, emo­tion and ideas. 

Well done to all stu­dents involved! 

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  • 16th June 2022 (2:48 PM)
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