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Poetic Relief

The Poetic Relief Project is a youth employment scheme, supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, to bring new opportunities for young people to find employment in the creative industries. 

Launched in August 2021, The Poetic Relief Project provides programmes and services to support young people‚Äôs mental health, personal development, and community cohesion.  The Cultural Leaders youth employment scheme allows the Theatre Peckham, Black Cultural Archives and Poetic Unity to train and give 12 young people jobs in the creative industry every year for the next three years, where they will learn the daily operations of each charity. 

Cultural Leaders 2021-2022

The first cohort of Cultural Leaders are:

Aicha Therese (@aichatherese)
Alfie Neill (@alfiejjneill)

Rhianna Agard-St John (@reya.saint)

Amaarah Roze (@amaarahroze)

Demii Walker (@demiiwalker)

Sheyanne Blackett Rock

Poetic Relief Events at Theatre Peckham

The Poetry Foyer

Last Thursday of the month. A monthly poetry event in Theatre Peckham’s foyer with open mic slots and headline acts gracing the stage.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Virtual Vibrations

First Tuesday of the month. Instagram live poetry night. Hear some of the best UK artists perform on our virtual stage @TheatrePeckham. To perform, email: with the subject ‘Virtual Vibrations’.

The Spoken Word Theatre 

Every Monday. This weekly workshop programme will improve participants performance and stage presence to develop poetry for a theatrical stage. Spaces available in January 2022! Email with the subject Spoken Word Theatre’ for more information.

Poetry In Motion 

Last Saturday of the month Engaging workouts fused with poetic affirmations to support both physical and mental health. For young people aged 16-30. To sign up for free, email: with the subject ‘Poetry In Motion’.

Applications are now open for the second cohort of Cultural Leaders. Visit our Vacancies page for information on how to apply.