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Poets showcase their craft at Tate Britain

POETRY IN MOTION: From left, Anthony Douglas, Elijah Kerr, and George The Poet (SAI)

POETRY AND art merged at the Tate Britain last week when the famous gallery hosted an evening of spoken word performances, including the likes of George The Poet and Dean Atta.

Hosted by Poetry Luv, the event took place on Friday (Feb 7) as part of National Storytelling Week’s 14th anniversary.

Poets performed before the backdrop of Turner paintings in the Clore Gallery, reciting works centring on the theme of the “Love Story”.

Popular London wordsmiths Atta and George The Poet made guest appearances to share their take on love a week before Valentine’s Day begins.

In addition, other young people from around the capital had a chance to perform their poetry in the packed out space steeped with famous art.

Atta said: “Getting the chance to work with young people who might not have had the chance to ever tell their stories is a real gift and I really enjoyed performing alongside them.”

The event, which is a part of the Tell Tales projects, was funded by Arts Council England, and the organisation’s area director Joyce Wilson said: “The Tell Tales project is a great programme that gives young people the opportunity to embrace literature and use it as a means to share their individual stories in their own way.”

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