creating the world's longest youth-led spoken word poem

I know, I wish, I will

creating the world’s longest youth-led spoken word poem


Eastside is celebrating its 25th anniversary through creating the world’s longest youth-led spoken word poem. The poem will be performed and live streamed in a 25-hour spoken word marathon culminating on World Poetry Day the 21st March 2020 at the Criterion Theatre in the West End of London.  

Launching this year, the project will support and challenge children and young people across England to develop the confidence, knowledge and know-how to write and perform original poetry in response to the main poem title – I know, I wish, I will.

Working with our 5 regional partners, we are working hard to raise £25,000 to support the delivery of the widest possible schools workshops programme run by professional artists in some of country’s most underserved boroughs, unlocking the creative potential of students and their teachers . Why not join an amazing community of supporters who will make this happen at our Just Giving page.

The project is designed to give anyone in the country aged 5-25 the chance to submit a poem and be one of the 500 poets selected to read (or be read) live on stage and have their work published in the I know, I wish, I will souvenir book, which will endure as a historic record of our nation’s young voices in 2020.

Alongside our expert poet-facilitators we are designing printed and video resources that teachers, parents and young people can all sign-up to receive, which will guide you through creating your own spoken word piece to submit through our competition portal - check out our get involved page to find out more.

Stephen Fry is the chair of the Criterion Trust who is partnering with Eastside to make the vision of I know, I wish, I will a reality.