Flip the Script launch at Newport Youth Centre. From left, Cooly Haste with Buddy Carson, Adam Gaterell, Kat Francois, Frisko Dan, Kenny Baraka and Adam Kammerling. Picture by Robin Crossley.
SOME of the country’s top spoken word stars were on the Island on Friday for the launch of Flip the Script.
The project encourages young people to develop their skills through workshops in poetry, rap and spoken word, thanks to funding obtained by the Isle of Wight Council through the Arts Council.
The workshops start today (Tuesday) and feature the talents of Adam Kammerling, Kat Francois and MC/poet Kenny Baraka, of Apples and Snakes, along with Isle of Wight stars Cooly Haste, Buddy Carson and the Punk Poet.
There was a chance for people to find out more about the project and see performances from the group at Friday’s launch, held at Newport Youth Centre Gym.
Nina Cullinane said: "It is a great way of promoting literacy and creative writing. It’s just as much for writers who want to give performing a try or people who find formal writing difficult but love to communicate."
The free sessions, open to anyone aged from 13 to 19, will be run at Newport and Sandown Youth Centres and Medina College and will culminate a team slam event, when teams will perform their work in a competition.
There is still time to sign up and take part, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org