Performance poetry, courage and wonder

There’s always more than one way of giving a speech or telling a story.

Sarah Kay, a performance poet, combines her two loves, theatre and poetry, and fuses them magically to be a performance poet. She is inspiring as a poet, performer and educator, because she really believes in rediscovering “wonder” – seeing the world and our lives afresh, using poetry to “entertain, educate and inspire”.

At school and college she proactively encouraged others to use performance poetry to express themselves, to be heard, and is the founder of a youth project Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression) which supports this aim.

Steps towards creativity
Sarah’s steps towards realising her goal to be a performance artist:

Step 1: “I can” – having the courage to grow, explore and take risks.
Step 2: “I will” – enacting ideals, sticking to the task, doing the hard work.
Step 3: Finding you – infusing your work “with the specific things that make you, you”,what I would call finding your voice, using, as Sarah says, past experience to “dive into the things you don’t know”.

Sarah’s exercise to get started with poetry
1. Write down a list of ten things you know to be true.
2. Share your list with someone else – connect and combine stories.
3. Use this list to connect with what you feel passionately about. You might end up with a poem worth sharing and performing. Create poems that only you can create – these are the ones that will resonate.

Sarah Kay: “If I should have a daughter”