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Our Young Poets project

An opportunity for young people aged 15 to 25 years old from East London, to contribute to society and cultural debates through poetry. Led by Anthony Anaxagorou, with The Poetry Society.

A group of young people standing in a garden smiling Young Poets / Photo: Hayley Madden

From March to July 2022, professional poet and Hackney local Anthony Anaxagorou worked with a group of young people aged 15 to 25 years old from East London to develop their creative voice.

As well as developing skills in the craft of poetry, the group participated in a series of workshops responding to the statue of Robert Geffrye. They developed a creative response from their own perspective, contributing to the debates the statue stirs in our local community.

Who was the project for?

Anyone aged 15 to 25 who

  • lives, works or studies in East London
  • has an interest in poetry
  • is keen to learn more about arts and heritage
  • is eager to develop their creative skills

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about the project or would like us to update you on future projects please email

About Anthony Anaxagorou 

Anthony Anaxagorou is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator.

Anthony was the first critic's choice winner of SLAMbassadors UK in 2002 (known as Rise Slam at the time) and he returned to the slam the next year, before departing to make music with his band. He later performed live for SLAMbassadors at the 02 Arena in memory of Stephen Lawrence.

Since then, Anthony has gone on to become an established and enormously respected poet on the UK spoken word circuit and has written four collections of poetry, publishing his book How to Write It with #Merky Books, an imprint of Random House launched in 2018 by rapper Stormzy.

Listen to their poems

Lessons in Gravity is a collection of poems co-produced and written by the Young Poets. This anthology of new work responds to the statue of Robert Geffrye that stands on the front of the Museum’s buildings.