Warrior Poets

About Warrior Poets

All too often, young people in care and young refugees are defined by their past, rather than by the resilience they draw upon in order to overcome the hardships that they have faced at such a young age.

Society often maps a future for them dominated by antisocial behaviour and criminal activity instead of recognising that through overcoming adversity, these young people develop a strength and fortitude that makes them a hugely valuable asset to their community. 

Wise Words are partnering with the Marlowe Theatre, Virtual Schools Kent and Kent Refugee Action Network on Warrior Poets – a project through which we are working with young people in care and young refugees to explore and celebrate this resilience. 

The young people are working with poets, a projection artist, a musician and a visual artist to create an immersive, sensory landscape of projected words, poetry and imagery that will appear in the Marlowe Studio for Gala weekend, celebrating the theatre’s 5th birthday.

We are delighted to be working with lead poet Joelle Taylor; shadow poets Alex Vellis & Patrick Connolly; visual artist Greg Stobbs; musician Richard Navarro, projection artist Pete Wallace and Lemn Sissay as artistic director.

“I am not defined by my scars, but by the incredible ability to heal.” Lemn Sissay

Stories of Resilience

Throughout this project we are celebrating stories of resilience and have been chatting to people within the community about how the challenges within their lives have given them strength. Below is an opportunity for you to share your stories through our Poetry Competition and some stories we have gathered from people in the community. 

Poetry Competition

Share your stories of resilience through submitting short poems

As part of Warrior Poets the Marlowe Theatre and Wise Words are exploring what home means to a wide variety of people from different cultural and social backgrounds. They are inviting you to share your thoughts through writing and sharing short haiku length poems. The very best, selected by the project team, will appear within the Warrior Poets exhibition to be held at the Marlowe between the 8th – 11th October. Please share your short poems by emailing them to beth@workers-of-art.co.uk putting ‘Poetry Competition’ in the subject line, or tweeting them to @wisewordfest using #Warrior Poets. Deadline 5th October.