Two shots from my recent trip to the North East to visit Degna Stone and Nikki Hawkins’ WORDCUP teams at Newcastle’s Live Theatre and in Ashington…

Degna’s team were brainstorming on the project’s theme ‘I am free to write’. All poems in the first round of the SLAM must address this theme. It’s been interesting to see all the different interpretations…

Brainstorm by Degna's team at Live Theatre

Nikki’s team are already published poets. They recently wrote and illustrated a book with the help of their teachers, another poet and an illustrator. This is a photocopy of the cover of the book – which had just gone to print at the time of my visit. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a finished copy.

Open Your Mind by Mainstream Misfits

One of the poems in the book was written during WORDCUP2010 on the subjects of mothers. I’m hoping they’ll share some of their poems on the blog. They’re a talented group of young women writing openly about the challenges they face in everyday life.


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2 responses to “NORTH EAST SNAPSHOTS

  1. Ness

    The event on Saturday evening was amazing – really inspiring to see so many talented young people and the energy in the theatre was electric.

    I have looked at the live streaming on the website but some of the event is missing (the first teams). Would you be able to sort it please?


  2. Thanks Ness.

    There are two videos documenting the event: ‘Word Cup 1’ & ‘Word Cup 2’. To see the first one, go to and then scroll down to click on the second. A few team pieces are left out because of filming permissions.

    Hope that helps,


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