This month however, I attended one such event that seemed to have ticked all the right boxes to actually make a difference. Fusing the mediums of spoken word and poetry set against a backdrop of Turner paintings, Late at Tate Britain, housed a captivating poetry event as part of National Storytelling Week 14th anniversary.
Spoken word is often thought to be just about poetry, but I believe it to be a delivery of speech in a strong enough way to affect those who hear it.
Yomi Sode aka Nigerian-born spoken word artist GREEdS (Generating Rhymes to Engage the EnlightenD Soul) has always let his poetic words take him to higher levels and into other realms of music and live performance.
The signs of the best poets are those who say as much in their words as they do in their silences. Dean Atta's words say so much and rang true with so many that he rightfully received a great deal of acclaim; Carol Ann Duffy has received none of that because she should have stayed silent. This was not her place.
26-year-old Dean Atta is one of the leading lights in London's poetry scene. His powerful reflections on race, identity and