The Drama department at Morley College London is delighted to welcome Spoken Word pro, Chris Redmond, who will be leading Spoken Word courses that will commence after half term, culminating in a performance.
In the last decade, the spoken word poetry scene in the UK has grown exponentially and sales in poetry has soared… But why?
Throughout history, during times of conflict and political crises which fragmented society, readers have been drawn to poetry. Despite the endless scientific facts that we are bombarded with in the press and media, it seems that the facts are not enough. People seek emotional connection, to share cultural norms and this unification breeds hope from despair and action from stasis and fear.
There’s no denying that we are currently experiencing fraught times, political tension, grief and increasing uncertainty with regards to the future of the planet.
Poetry is a creative outlet, a communal event, a skill, a way of helping people put words to what seems unspeakable. It helps people make sense of their thoughts about what’s happening in the world.
Here at Morley we welcome your story with open hearts and minds.
Chris believes spoken word is responsive to the moment and that poetry can provide something genuine and considered. He also points to the tradition of spoken word as an ancient storytelling technique and draws parallels with the modern propensity to share our personal narratives online.
Whether you’re a blogger, vlogger, podcaster, writer, journaller, singer/song writer, poet, actor or you just want to give it a try, join Chris Redmond’s online Spoken Word Writing and Performance Course, which starts on 12th April and runs on Monday’s from 18:00-20:00.