Talking Doorsteps connects young poets and filmmakers from across the globe through a spoken word exchange that explores the idea of “home”.

Initiated by The Roundhouse in London, the project has helped develop new work by emerging and established international poets. Over several years, Talking Doorsteps has provided opportunities for writers to travel to different countries to work with and learn from local writers and youth organisations in South Africa, Bulgaria, Honduras, United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.

For Hull 2017, The Roundhouse, Wrecking Ball Press and the Bocas Lit Fest teamed up with the British Council and the BBC to take Talking Doorsteps to Trinidad and Hull. Through a series of workshops in Trinidad’s capital Port of Spain, and in the UK cities Hull and London, the next generation of spoken word artists from the Caribbean and the UK learned from one another and developed new work, which was performed at the BBC’s Contains Strong Language. Read more about this inaugural festival of spoken word in Hull by visiting the internal link below.

We met some of the young poets from Hull, who were kind enough to give exclusive performances of their work, which you can watch in this series of short films shot on the streets of Hull.

Joe Hakim

In the videos above, Hull poet Joe Hakim talks about his involvement in Talking Doorsteps, and performs a poem inspired by his trip to Trinidad, filmed by The Roundhouse. Having never flown or been overseas before, Joe explains how taking part in Talking Doorsteps was a life-changing experience for him.

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