Words By in Support of UNICEF

Words By

Words By is a raw, reactive and inclusive initiative created in collaboration with Unicef Next Generation. It brings together writers and poets from all walks of life, uniting their diverse voice and providing a platform for their personal expression.

In October 2019, it will be releasing its first book, with 100% of book sales going to Unicef. For more information visit their website or follow them on Instagram. Want to be published? Words By is currently looking for poets and writers to feature in its book – email wordsbyuk@gmail.com by August 16.

Poets Versus Launch Event

We are thrilled to announce that we launched the Poets Versus platform last night in The Poetry Café.

The first round of Poets Versus series was dedicated to the cruel reality of homelessness.

The poems read at the night were included in an anthology published by Tonic Sta Press.

Our sincere gratitude to all the fantastic poets who performed and to the guests who supported poetry and homeless people through their attendance and generosity.

Read morePoets Versus Launch Event

Poets Versus on Resonance Fm

Mark Coverdale and Michelle Madsen on Resonance FM

Today we had the pleasure of being invited to go on Resonance FM, London’s leading art radio. Mark Coverdale was the featured guest of Michelle Madsen, the host of Bears at a Panic, Naked and Laughing. Created by Madsen and Andrea Spisto, the show has gathered a large number of loyal listeners throughout its airing on 104.4 FM. Michelle and Mark talked about creative protest and the formation of Poets Versus platform. Both Mark and Michelle will be performing at our first event, Poets v Homelessness on 7th March 2019 at The Poetry Society. Take a listen to hear an hour of entertaining conversation about London poetry scene as well as wonderful music by artists such as Joe Solo, Ramón Ayala, and Hildur Gudnadottir.

Poet in Residence of Crisis To Perform at Poets v Homelessness

We are honoured to have Stefan Gambrell (aka Neanderthal Bard), the poet in residence for the homeless charity Crisis, join Poets v Homelessness and read his work from our anthology published by Tonic Sta Press.

A passionate campaigner, running workshops up and down the country on homelessness, here is Srefan’s poem If Everybody Is In, marking Crisis’s ten-year plan to #endhomelessness.

War on the Streets by Mark Coverdale.

Poets Versus proudly presents the video of Mark Coverdale performing his poem, War on the Streets. The video is accompanied by the song ‘Self’ composed and performed by Hildur Guðnadóttir. Hildur is a renowned composer and cellist. As well as orchestral and solo songs, Hildur has composed soundtracks for films such as Sicario: Day of the Soldado and is set to score the upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, directed by Todd Phillips.

War on the Streets is a poem of hope, indignation, and protest. The video was directed by Julia Smith and the sound was recorded and processed by Oscar Crawford. With special thanks to Mike at Touch Music Label.