Warrior Poets

Warrior Poets was born out of an exciting partnership between The Marlowe Theatre and Workers of Art, the team behind Canterbury’s beloved Wise Words Festival. Together with artists from across the Kent and the South East, we worked with young people in care and young refugees to explore and celebrate the resilience that develops through facing adversity at such a young age.

The Team behind Warrior Poets

Artistic Director Lemn Sissay

Lead Poet Joelle Taylor

Projection Artist Pete Wallace (Butch Auntie)

Visual Artist Greg Stobbs (Squirlart)

Musician Richard Navarro

Shadow Poet  Alex Vellis

Shadow Poet Patrick Connelly

Dance Lead James Middleton

Dancers Donny Ferris and Marlowe Dance Company

Designer & Maker of the fabric house Emma Caller

Video Technicians  John Worthington & Joshua Garner

Producers Workers of Art and The Marlowe Theatre



Warrior Poets’ success has been possible thanks in no small part to the generosity of contributing artists and the communities at The Marlowe Theatre, Workers of Art and beyond, upon which we have drawn to realise this shared vision.

We would like to thank Kent County Council, The Abode and Bombus for their support of the project.

Funded By:

Arts Council England and The Marlowe Development Trust