Spoken word poetry opportunity for secondary schools

Open to secondary schools in Harrow, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster and Ealing.

Throughout Autumn term 2019, students at 10 participating secondary schools will write and perform their own original spoken word poetry, guided by Eastside’s expert Spoken Word Poets.

Each participating class will receive two spoken word poetry workshops, and will perform in your schools spoken word poetry slam hosted by Eastside's Spoken Word Poet.

All students will then enter their spoken word poetry into the I know I wish I will competition online.

500 young people from across the nation will be selected to feature in a record-breaking 25-hour Poetry Marathon on stage in London’s West End.

Why should my school apply to participate in I know I wish I will?

  • I know I wish I will is designed to complement English, Drama, PSHE or extra curricular provision.

  • Improve students’ oracy, self-belief and teamwork skills, as well as creative writing and performance techniques.

  • Inspire students by working alongside professional Spoken Word Poets and provides high profile performance opportunities.

Each participating school receives:

  • A high quality Teacher INSET and access to Teacher Packs & video teaching resources

  • An inspirational assembly & 2 full days of spoken word poetry workshops delivered by Eastside’s Spoken Word Poet.

  • Support in putting on your school spoken word poetry slam hosted by a Spoken Word Poet.

  • The chance for students to perform in the Spoken Word Poetry Marathon in London’s West End for World Poetry Day, March 2020.

Please Note: we require a administration fee of £120 per school to ensure that all schools are fully committed to the process. (A small number of bursaries are available to cover this fee-please get in touch to discuss)

Complete an application form here

Applications close on Monday 15th July, 12pm.


Download an Information Sheet here

Or, contact Liana on 020 7033 2380 or via email

Not in London?

Primary and Secondary schools from anywhere in the UK can take part in I know I wish I will!

Learn more, and register your interest here.