Monthly Archives: March 2012

We Are Poets – reviews

I’m very very biased so instead of writing my own review here’s what some other people have had to say about the Leeds Young Authors award-winning documentary of their trip to Brave New Voices:

photo (c) Mark Cocksedge - click here for full photoset

BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH“Amazing…the film itself is a poem. Poetry is an art, filmmaking is an art, it’s takes great sensitivity to bring them together – this film shows us how it’s done!”

I-D MAGAZINE –  “Lyrical, important and ultra-cool…a brilliant story and a milestone in breaking down stereotypes”

SHEFFIELD DOC FEST“From its utterly brilliant opening, through to its moving finale, ‘We Are Poets’ is inspirational!  A Poignant, truthful and uplifting film – a cracking documentary!”

LEMN SISSAY“I’m afraid I’ve never been a fan of the poetry slam but this film made me question my judgement… Because of Slam the ever decreasing circle of the poetry reading is now looking outwards  to the masses… This film made me fonder of the new generation and reminded me of what it is to be a poet.” Continue reading

We Are Poets at Leeds Town Hall 30/3/12

If you are into poetry, film, live spoken word, positive grassroots community niceness, youth empowerment, positive youth expression & creativity and if you are anywhere near Leeds tomorrow evening then there really is only one place to be >>> We Are Poets + LIVE performance from LYA, Q&A + Benjamin Zephaniah.

Featuring live performances from man like Benjamin Zephaniah + Leeds Young Authors + WAP filmstars Saju Ahmed + Rheima Ibrahiim-Robinson + Zodwa Nyoni + Q&A with the film directors & LYA Artistic Director Khadijah Ibrahiim – – all for a fiver? Bargain!

The making of this film with a minimal budget + maximum dedication, trust, and love is a story in itself and here are videos of a previous Q+A with the Directors of We Are Poets at London BFI:



Some reviews that the film has already received coming next.