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Competition: I Know, I wish, I Will

Opening: 21/10/19 – 20/12/19 | Free

Win a chance to perform on London’s West End stage!

Metal is delighted to be working with Eastside Educational Trust to celebrate their 25th anniversary year (2019). Together we will be assembling thousands of young people from across England and beyond, to create the world’s longest, youth-led, spoken word poem. Launching on World Poetry Day, 21st March 2019, the I know, I wish, I will project will culminate in a youth-led, live streamed, 25-hour spoken word marathon on stage at the West End’s Criterion Theatre to celebrate World Poetry Day 21st March 2020. Thousands and thousands of young people will get their West End debut, performing their own poems at the Criterion Theatre.

Simply create your poem and submit it online, and we’ll let you know if you’ve been selected to perform on stage in London’s west End.


  1. Create your poem – Your poem could explore any or all of:
    • what do you know about yourself and the world around you?
    • What do you wish could be different?
    • what will you do to make change?
  2. Submit it online
    • Submission open September 2019
    • Deadline: Friday 20th December 2019


  • Entries can be created individually or in groups of 2 – 5 people
  • Entries can be any length under 5 minutes
  • Entrants must be ages 25 an under
  • Poems must be your own original work
  • Use language that’s kind to others and respects differences

Keep an eye out on the project website knowwishwill.com. There will be videos to get you started and to inspire you, tips from top poets etc.

We will release a whole host of FAQs in the autumn to answer all other questions about the project. If you have any queries in the meantime contact sarah@metalculture.com or call 01733 893 077.


This exciting project is made possible thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England and The Criterion Theatre. For further information about the programme please visit the project ​website.


Image credit – Cesare de Giglio

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