A mild autumn evening presented a gracious show of poets presenting wonderfully insightful pieces. Formal introductions and pleasant interactions formulated a warm equation of a relatively young audience, slightly older judges and a sixth form student organizer and her team. Eleanor is director of The Artistic Horde, and set the tone for a great evening showcasing emotionally charged words orated with composure and tenacity. The venue the Frontline Club was equally elegant with a uniform experience of stage capacity and clear sounds, elevating each listener to proceed to listen without interruption and contented.
Harlan Epstien, with ‘Societal Gameplay’ and Melissa Pettitt with ‘The White Morning’ opened the event in a mix of culturally charged living and factual ambience. Anastasia Prempeh with ‘Who Run the World’ and Jack Bibby’s ‘Mr Jones and His Lucid Dreams’ uplifted the audience into somewhat eye-catching
words between dimensions and reality.The interlude was succeeded with an interval graced with a sublime
performance by Anthony Anaxagorou. Rather than the traditional descriptive whims of poetry, this informative piece drew on traditional and ancient similarities that converge today to formulate the highest good. Expounded full of knowledge, Anthony Anaxagorou kept his protests tame but no less profound, and drew out an insurgency of hope for listeners to understand and grow into.
Harry Petty performed “Jack of Hearts” wearing his Heart on his sleeve but also drawing it from his deck without the help of lady luck was followed by Caillin Bowles Oaken wood; a politically centered diction with logical integrity. Rose Day finished the evening with a heartfelt performance through her eyes, of the life of a companion and soldier moving to do what had to be done.
Formed in May 2014, The Artistic Horde was created to change adverse criticisms the media portrays of the younger generation. As an example, this night showcased some of London’s talented young poetical minds. The event was embraced and modelled upon Erich Maria Remarque- a writer who swayed the perceptions of a generation during a period of world conflict.
The day’s event was in support of War Child. This relatively small organisation works to help children affected in war zones. It has 29 employees. War Child does work in Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda, Syria amongst other locations. It calls itself a “small charity with big ambitions” and aims to assist children wherever possible.
Special thanks to:
Sebastian Faulks- Award winning novelist, journalist and broadcaster, recently
his novel Birdsong set in France during World War One was adapted to televised BBC drama in 2012.
Anthony Anaxagorou- Lifetime poet and slam winner inspired by hip-hop and folk music, depicting sceneries of politics, racism, history and philosophy through personal experiences.
Hibaq Osman- 2012 Roundhouse Poetry Slam winner at 18 years, she has developed her verse into eloquent expression of a living limbo in London.
Paul Conroy- War Zone Journalist, this highly experienced photographer has served with the Royal Artillery and reported from high conflict areas including The Middle East and Libya.
The Artistic Horde team Eleanor B, Sophie S, Tara J, Jack H and Ross C.
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