I know, I wish, I will

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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.


Working with Metal and four other inspirational regional delivery partners (Grimm and Co, Cheltenham Festival, Writing on the Wall (Liverpool), Transported / Boston College and Lincoln University), this project will support and challenge children and young people across England to develop the confidence, knowledge and know how,  to write and perform their own original poetry in response to the main poem title – I know, I wish, I will. Young people from all over the country are being encouraged to write their own poems and get involved.


The final event at the Criterion Theatre will be hosted by celebrities and will be live streamed to audiences around the world.


What’s happening in Peterborough?

In Peterborough we will be running workshops in schools with poets Charley Genever and Keely Mills, Lukhmann Ali and Olivia Dedman. Schools involved in the workshops include West Town Academy, Leighton Primary, Woodston Primary, Oakdale Primary, Bishop Creighton Academy and Thorpe Primary. 10 classes will receive two workshops each to help them create and perform their own poems on the theme of I Know I Wish I Will. Our poets and spoken word artists will work with these young people, helping them articulate what they know about the world, what they wish for in the future and what they will do, to make their dreams come true.


Can I still take part if I am not a partner school?

Yes – of course. You may not get the workshops with a poet but any class / school can take part. There will be loads of resources released on the I Know I Wish I Will website in September to help teachers and youth workers to run activities around the theme and support young people. Just keep checking out knowwishwill.com. We’ll announce any key moments on Facebook (Metal Peterborough)


Can I just apply as a young poet?

Yes – please do! Any young person can enter a poem on the theme of I Know I Wish I Will. You just need to be aged between 5 – 25 years old on 20th March 2020. 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. There can be no excuse! Again, we’ll announce any key moments on Facebook (Metal Peterborough) and Instagram (@metalpeterborough)


When and how do we apply or submit a poem? The deadline for submissions in 20th December 2019. You can start submitting from September onwards. Remember, you have to be aged 5 – 20 years old on 20th March 2020 to be eligible. Keep checking the website knowwishwill.com to find out how to submit.


Checkout the full list of guidelines here. Also keep an eye out on the project website knowwishwill.com as there will be videos to help get you started and to inspire you, tips from top poets etc. 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 ​websiteWatch this space for details of further workshops………


‘We are so excited to be working with so many extraordinary partners to deliver I know, I wish, I will in this our 25th anniversary year. The great thing about this project, is that young people will be given centre stage and their voices will proudly tell the world what they know about themselves and their communities, what they wish for, for the future, and what they will do to make their wishes come true. We look forward to making something truly unique happen.’

Matt Lane Chief Executive Officer / Artistic Director, Eastside



(Photographic Credit to Leah Barfield: Portrait of Charley Genever)


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