Poet in da Corner (2014 – present) is an academic endeavour, an album, a book, a grime-musical and a movement.
“You are about to hear a series of tracks, some are originals from Dizzee Rascal’s Album, Boy in the Corner, others are my interpretations of Dizzee songs. At university I studied Byron and Shakespeare. I was taught to analyse their rhyme schemes and flow patterns as they’re considered to be literary masters, but grime taught me more than the classics. Grime changed my life, more than my two first class degrees, it gave me permission to exist and defined a ground breaking genre, which I feel deserves to be recognised as cannon, as foundation, as part of the artistic fabric of this country.I’ve mimicked the rhyme schemes and flow patterns of tracks from Boy in Da Cornerstarting with Sitting Here.”
Developed at Nottingham Playhouse, Curve Leicester and The Roundhouse with The Arts Council England, in 2018 The full show was premiered at The Royal Court Theatre.
Tour and soundtrack release updates soon.
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.