The Mouthy Poets (2010-2016) were an open collective of young people who create, command and coordinate their words, voice and career through writing, performance and event production. In residence at Nottingham Playhouse, Mouthy created energising first-class shows and education programs in theatres, festivals, schools, universities and living rooms! Their poetry often collaborated with all types of entertainment; music, visual art, film and dance to name a few.
Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson founded The Mouthy Poets in 2010 because poetry enabled her to communicate with the world at a young age and she wanted to do the same for others. Soon after to called on support from Anne Holloway and Panya Banjoko in teaching over 40 young people how to write perform and produce poetry on an annual basis. Mouthy was also mentored by Writing East Midlands and funded by Arts Council England.
Ultimately, Mouthy were about empowering young people to challenge, speak and work hard and as a result was owned by the poets, lyricists, songwriters and storymakers within it.
Mouthy has now finished as a organisation but it’s legacy lives on in the poets it has worked with and partner organisations.