In October, the Poetry Society informed SFX of its national poetry competition in performance poetry. The competition had always been won in the past by London entrants so they were keen to attract participants from Merseyside teenagers this time. The theme given was “respect/ identity”.

In November, Curtis Watt the performance poet (AKA C Zero) came to the school to train the pupils on delivering their poems, then returned to record their efforts for Youtube. The students involved comprised the Year 10 Performing Arts group as well as other students from Year 8, 9, 12 and 13.

All students performed under stage names. You can look at their performances by visiting Youtube and placing “Slambassadors 08” in the search box where all of the SFX entrants are listed.    The videos have also been added to the SFXCollege channel favourites on YouTube which can be seen by clicking here.

The Poetry Society voted for 14 semi finalists from the 120 Merseyside entries. SFX managed to win 3 of these places, and now Chris Evans (Year 8), Lewis Jones and Terence Whinnett ( both Year 13) are to perform their poems at The Blackie Cultural Centre in Great George Street in the City Centre on Friday 6th March at 7.30pm. They will perform their poems along with the other semi finalists, and the poets Levi Tafari and Curtis Watt will also be providing entertainment.

If you wish to attend and support our school’s entrants, please telephone 0151 703 0020. Tickets are free but advance booking is recommended.

Come along and see the cream of Liverpool’s young lyrical talent battle it out for a place in the London final!