I Know, I Wish, I Will

Poets, writers and artists are running workshops in schools in the Boston area, working with the following regional delivery partners:-


REGIONAL DELIVERY PARTNER: Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities.

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There are lots of opportunities to become involved and to enter and/or support the poets who will be performing. Young people (5 to 25) are able to submit poems as individuals giving them a chance to take part in the final event.

This is such a massive and really exciting project. I am very pleased to be one of the writers going into schools and running some workshops. On Tuesday 8th October I joined other artists and teachers and enjoyed meeting JACOB SAM-LA ROSE who ran the day’s workshops. Inspirational!

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There’s some information here, but go to the site using the link below for an amazing variety of resources and videos:-


Eastside says:

“Enter our free spoken word poetry competition, challenging them to write and perform their very own original poetry in response to the theme – I know I wish I will.

Hundreds of poems will be performed and live-streamed across the world in a 25-hour spoken word marathon culminating on World Poetry Day 2020 at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End.

All entries to the competition will be in with the chance to be selected as one of our 500 poets performing live on stage, and to have their work published in the I know I wish I will souvenir book, creating a record of our nation’s young voices in 2020.

To get involved, browse through our free competition packs and video library, specially designed in partnership with professional spoken word poets to give you everything you need to create a winning entry.

For teachers, youth leaders or librarians, check out our variety of teacher packs and classroom videos to support you in getting your students writing and performing high quality spoken word poetry to enter into the competition.

Alongside our five partners from across the UK we are delivering an exciting programme of school workshops with professional spoken word poets, in some of the country’s most underserved boroughs, to unlock the creative potential of students and their teachers.

Why not join an amazing community of supporters who will help to make this happen at our Just Giving page.

Celebrate Eastside’s 25th anniversary by joining the world’s longest youth-led spoken word poetry marathon! 

Here is how you can get involved…


Browse through our free competition packs, teacher packs and video library, specially designed in partnership with professional spoken word poets to give you or your students everything you need to create a winning entry.


Write your own poem in response to the theme I know I wish I will. You might like to use these as prompts…

  • What do you know about yourself and the world around you?
  • What do you wish could be different?
  • What will you do to make a change?


Deadline: 20th December 2019, 12pm 

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