Poetry by the People

Join us to create a piece of art that reflects you and the people of North London

Bring your thoughts, feelings and aspirations to the table. Let loose your stories and conjure up what it’s like to grow up and live in North London.

During Poetry by the People, you can express yourself through words or movement, sign up to write or perform, or choose to do it all, including share what has been created with your community.

Free writing and movement workshops

On Saturday 11 and Saturday 18 September from 12 noon – 4pm at Chestnuts Community Centre we’ll be running writing sessions with the incredibly talented Rachel Nwokoro and Naomi Sparrow.

On Sunday 26 September from 12 noon – 4pm at Collage Arts one of our very own circus artists, Mimosa, will be putting movement to the piece of writing created in the weeks prior. You don’t need to attend the writing sessions to take part.


On Sunday 10 October, 3pm at Collage Arts we’ll be sharing this wonderful community piece. This will be a free event with food and drink available after the public performance.

You can find out more about the artists leading the sessions below, and please scroll down to book your place. All ages are welcome, and you need no prior experience to take part.

Rachel Nwokoro

Rachel is a London-born, Biafra-made neurodivergent, disabled & queer babygal who plays as an award-winning multidisciplinary storyteller, arts activist and organiser. She has collaborated globally as an actor, director, performance poet, artist and public speaker for more than ten years. While graduating from drama school in 2019, she authored her debut book, Little You. She campaigns for peace and liberation through her work as founder and creative director of Black Mind, a grassroots art-as-activism organisation that centres the collective mental health, wellbeing, justice and joy of Black people in Britain. Rachel won the Stage Debut award for Best Performer in a Play last year for Little Baby Jesus, along with becoming the Disability Champion at The Black British Theatre Awards.

Naomi Sparrow

Naomi was born and raised on a council estate in North London. Naomi was very shy as a child, but was always very creative and excelled in art. It wasn’t until secondary school though, that her creative skills broadened. This was when she began acting, as well as winning an award for a children’s story she wrote, and having a poem published. Naomi went on to train and work for Chicken Shed Theatre Company, and later completed a degree in acting at Arts Educational School, London. In 2015, Naomi was asked to write a spoken word piece for an event, and it was through this she discovered a new passion for writing and performing poetry.

Mimosa Percy

Mimosa is an acrobat and circus teacher from London. She trained for three years at circus schools in Berlin and London, and subsequently has performed in a variety of shows. Mimosa has a huge passion for teaching circus, to young people and adults, enjoying playing games and having fun, and celebrating how we can move.

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