On World Poetry Day- 21st March 2020, we utilised Social Media to create a Digital Stage to showcase spoken word poems created by young people from across the country and the wider world. We asked poets to share their poems online, tagging us @eastsidelondon and using the #knowwishwill hashtag. The Digital Stage was open for everyone to join. 

Partners: Poems have been created in collaboration with our partners; Grimm & Co, Transported Art, WOW, Boston College, METAL and Cheltenham Festivals.  

VIDEOS

Here’s a representative cross-section of poets and poems from across the UK to inspire you. Please be aware that some of these poems contain challenging themes.

All the poems that were selected to be performed as part of the original I know I wish I will event will be available in a Souvenir Book that you can pre-order here.

Tess Hodgson Sakomoto

A Voice for Anyone Who Has Felt as I Have Felt

Faith Harding Williams

I Come From

Emeka Diamond

Deteriorate

Maureen Onwunali

I know I wish I will

Connor

My Northern Town

Charlotte

GRANDMA MATTHEWS

(animated by Timothy Kelly)

Arran Olk

Small Town Hymns*

*WARNING – CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

Dave Humphries

Just Say Hello

Heidi Henders

For Liverpool Extinction Rebellion 

Reza

AYDEN

Brindishe Green Primary

Chicken Heaven

(animated by Timothy Kelly)

Aleena

A Life Well Lived

William

In Our Utopia

Veronica Niero

I know I wish I will

William

This is My Home

Jade Ball

Lightbulbs

Tinuola Ibrahim

The Night that I Despise

Phoebe Wagner

The Care Plan

Elliot

Ode to Stellan

Jamie (Hillborough Junior School)

I’m the Person

Mila (Hillborough Junior School)

Voices

Eileen Gbagbo

Consciousness 

Leah

I Come From

Christy Ku

The Old House

Rebecca

Dear Caitlin

Carol

Memories

Bradley, Olivia, Madison & Lucy

The Mischievous Elf

Esme Finch

Irregular Patterns

 

Cara

Save the Animals

Amira 

I know I wish I will