Our visiting poet this year is the incredible Jay Hulme, an award winning transgender performance poet, speaker and educator.
Alongside his writing and regular performances he teaches in schools, performs sensitivity reads, and consults and speaks at events and conferences on the importance of diversity in the media, and more specifically transgender inclusion and rights.
In 2015 he won SLAMbassadors U.K., the UK’s biggest youth poetry slam and has also been the coach of the Durham University Slam Poetry Team since its first year. The team has, under his tutelage, won ‘Slam of the North’, and come third in ‘UniSlam’, the UK’s biggest team poetry slam competition.
Jay will be visiting schools as part of our schools day, hosting our new style poetry competition on Saturday evening and running a poetry workshop on the Sunday of the festival!
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