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.
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!