Sometimes it takes a working class dyslexic school failure with a gift for spoken-word poetry to show us how education can be better for all children, especially those at risk of becoming disengaged from school themselves. Which is where inspirational spoken-word poet Mikey Markham – AKA Rhythmical Mike - comes in.
Mikey has a profound effect on the young people and their teachers when he works with them. In his emotionally charged but understated way, he not only demonstrates the power of spoken-word poetry to being literacy to life in the classroom, but also the power of the human spirit to survive despite a system that seems ready to discard so many young people for not ‘fitting in’.
With a growing reputation that includes sharing a stage with the likes of Russell Brand, Rizzle Kicks, Hollie McNish and Akala, Mikey now runs poetry workshops and recitals for schools, youth centres, charities, rehabilitation organisations, universities and sports clubs and, in 2017, spoke at the Telegraph Festival of Education.
"The session went really well- it was a tough crowd- 60 Year 11 boys but it was really good and the feedback I got from the students was really positive!!!"– Amy Rose, Regional Lead Practitioner (English - West), Ormiston Academies Trust
"He was fantastic and both days went really well. Mikey, was a real hit with the students and we would love to have him back!"– Abby Gorman, Literacy Coordinator, Coopers School
"Mikey is the living embodiment of the adage to 'speak quietly but carry a large stick'. With a quiet resolution, he cleverly puts into soft words strong stories of love, life and death to create spoken-word poetry with which he assaults the heart of his mesmerised audience."– Ian Gilbert, Award-winning Author and Editor
"Heartfelt and honest, Rhythmical Mike's poetry has a profound ability to inspire and motivate all those who have the chance to listen to his words…"– Martin Illingworth, Sheffield Hallam University
"Breathtaking performance followed by a fun and vibrant workshop"– Jenny Marchant, Hodge Clough Primary
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