LYA @ IALIC conference, Barcelona

cygswfgxaaacaqeLYA poet Gina Tavares and LYA volunteer/University of Leeds educational researcher Emilee Moore presented on 25th November at the 2016 conference of the International Association of Language and Intercultural Communication in Barcelona, Spain. Their presentation was called ‘Telling the stories of youth: co-producing knowledge across social worlds’. They discussed what counts as knowledge production in academic research and who is entitled to tell the stories and use the words of youth. Their presentation is a first step in developing collaborative spaces, crossing boundaries of poetry, research and education, that allow youth voices to be heard in novel ways. Gina performed two of her poems as part of the presentation: Bleach and Two Minds. The second is a poem she wrote especially for the conference to reflect on research, as a practice engaged in by both the young poets and by academics. The presentation was extremely well received by a very interested audience, who commended Gina on the quality of her performance and her thoughtful responses in the discussion that followed.


November 22, Spanish rapper El Chojín at LYA

On November 22nd, from 6-8pm at the Mandela Centre in Chapeltown, LYA will be visited by El Chojín.

El Chojín is one of Spain’s best-known hip-hop artists, especially on account of his use of rap to raise awareness about racism and other social injustices, such as gender violence and political corruption. On his visit to Leeds, he would like to hear from young writers in the city about their lives and work, and to exchange ideas and opinions with you about these and other issues in the UK and Leeds in particular.

Don’t miss it! All welcome!

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Thank you Chapeltown!



On May 3rd, an open mic fundraising event was hosted by Anne-Marie Atkinson and Akeim Buck to help raise funds for LYA’s Brave New Voices team to go to Washington DC. The event was held at Union 105 East St Arts, as part of Anne-Marie’s and Akeim’s amazing project, ‘What didn’t you do to bury me? But you forgot that I was a seed’.

Almost £200 was raised! The room was packed from start to finish, and performances of people of all ages were fabulous!

An enormous THANKS to Akeim and Anne-Marie for getting behind the local youth! Thank you Chapeltown and people from across Leeds for coming out and supporting us!