About I know I wish I will

Celebrate Eastside’s 25th anniversary by joining the world’s longest youth-led spoken word poetry marathon!

This Autumn, I know I wish I will invites poets aged 5-25 across England and beyond to enter our free spoken word poetry competition, challenging them to write and perform their very own original poetry in response to the theme – I know I wish I will.

Hundreds of poems will be performed and live-streamed across the world in a 25-hour spoken word marathon culminating on World Poetry Day 2020 at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End.

All entries to the competition will be in with the chance to be selected as one of our 500 poets performing live on stage, and to have their work published in the I know I wish I will souvenir book, creating a record of our nation’s young voices in 2020.

To get involved, browse through our free competition packs and video library, specially designed in partnership with professional spoken word poets to give you everything you need to create a winning entry.

For teachers, youth leaders or librarians, check out our variety of teacher packs and classroom videos to support you in getting your students writing and performing high quality spoken word poetry to enter into the competition.

Alongside our five partners from across the UK we are delivering an exciting programme of school workshops with professional spoken word poets, in some of the country’s most underserved boroughs, to unlock the creative potential of students and their teachers.

Why not join an amazing community of supporters who will help to make this happen at our Just Giving page.

(c) Alex Brenner
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