What is I know, I wish, I will?

It will celebrate Eastside’s 25th anniversary through creating the World’s Longest youth led Spoken Word Poem. Launching Spring 2019 it will culminate 12 months later in a youth-led, live streamed, 25-hour spoken word marathon at the West End’s Criterion Theatre in March 2020 to celebrate world poetry day.

This project will support and challenge children and young people aged 5 – 25 across England to develop the confidence knowledge and know how, to write and perform their own original poetry in response to the main poem’s challenge – I know, I wish, I will


Tell me more…

This programme will welcome submissions from all young people across England (and the world) via an online portal which will guide participants through the process. In addition we are working hard to raise £25,000 to support the delivery of a bespoke youth engagement programme in primary schools.

Working with 5 regional partners across Cambridgeshire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside and Gloucestershire we will deliver artist led workshops that will engage 2,500 young people and their teachers between Sept 19- Jan 20 to catalyse new engagement with creative writing, spoken word and the overall programme. Eastside will also engage 1,500 young people across London with a similar programme of youth engagement.

And then?…

All the project partners will read through the thousands of poems selected and decide which ones will be selected to be woven together into the final poem “I know, I wish, I will ”. This will then be performed live on stage by the young writers supplemented by celebrity patrons, performers and emerging and professional actors and live-streamed online to create a national moment in which we hear the voices of our young people, what they think of the world, how they wish it could be different and what they will do as champions of change.

We will then publish the poem both as an eBook and as a paperback and limited edition collectors edition. All profits raised from the sales of these books will go towards ensuring there is a legacy for this work and that the project can live beyond this first year.

(c) Alex Brenner, no use without credit, Eastside - Verse Versus Verse 2018 @ Criterion (_DSC0774).jpg