About our Special Guest Judge

We are pleased to announce our special guest judge for our current poetry competition is the extraordinary Joelle Taylor!

Who’s that? Well, we’ll tell you…

joelle taylor

Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist; published poet, playwright and novelist, as well as the Artistic Director and UK Coach of SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships administered by the Poetry Society. She has performed nationally and internationally for the British Council, touring both Zimbabwe and Botswana, and has performed at a diverse range of high profile venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Buckingham Palace, the 02 arena, Glastonbury Festival, the 100 Club, Shakespeare’s Globe and Trafalgar Square amongst many others.

A film of her performing has been recorded by NATE and sent to every secondary school in the UK. She is also featured in a new film Page Fright about 4 spoken word artists covering English heritage poems, along with Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish and Dizraeli. She is the curator of MotherFoucault, a spoken word burlesque show held at various venues around London including Whitechapel Art Gallery (Time Out Critic’s Choice).

She is a creative writing tutor for the Poetry School, the Poetry Society, Arvon Foundation, Holloway Prison and Apples and Snakes – and has led several Spoken Word Summer Camps across the UK. Each year she hosts National Poetry Day: Live at the Royal Festival Hall for the Poetry Society and is one of the Southbank Centre London Lines poets commissioned to write pieces reflecting the different boroughs of the city.

She is anthologised widely and has also appeared on numerous television and radio programmes, as well as hosting a weekly spoken word show for Reel Rebels Radio. Her poetry collection Ska Tissue is now in its second edition and her new collection The Woman Who was Not There was released on Burning Eye books at the end of 2014.

She toured the UK over the summer, and hosted Glastonbury Festival. She is currently in negotiation with the Royal Court Theatre to produce her new theatre piece The Space Between Words, which focuses on the stories of the thousands of young people she has mentored as a part of SLAMbassadors.

Her novel Whorror Stories is due for publication in 2016. She has been added to GCSE syllabus on Spoken Language for her poem Last Poet Standing.

Wow… yep, we know! So get entering your poems HERE!

and if you want to know more about Joelle, check her out: http://joelletaylordotorg.wordpress.com

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