Schools and Workshops

Joelle has extensive experience of working in both Primary and Secondary schools, as well as in less formal educational settings – arts centres, art galleries, theatres, libraries and prisons – and in higher education. She has an Enhanced CRB and Public Liability Insurance.

Joelle has facilitated workshops and masterclasses for most of the major arts development agencies within the UK, leading projects for the Poetry Society, Apples and Snakes, English PEN, Eastside and Spread the Word among others.

Joelle Taylor is a Subject for Study on the GCSE OCR English Language paper 2015.

She was the co-ordinator of the first London-wide youth slam Rise Slam, which she organised on behalf of the Mayor of London, in line with the annual anti-racist Rise Festival. The Rise Slam opened eyes and ears to the concept of ‘slam’ and was featured on national radio, television and in just about every broadsheet at some point. It ran from 2001-2007, when it transformed into the national youth slam championships, SLAMbassadors UK.

Secondary Schools

Joelle Taylor is perhaps best known for her work in secondary schools. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Poetry Society’s national solo youth slam championships SLAMbassadors UK, and visits literally hundreds of schools each year – both in the UK and internationally. For full details on SLAMbassadors workshops please go to

SLAMbassadors UK is the Poetry Society’s dynamic national spoken word championship aimed at 12-18 year olds, which on its inception in 2008 pioneered the use of online technology to submit entries, and to create a national archive of youth poetry. Well-known poets and spoken word artists perform and deliver slam and performance poetry workshops in schools and youth groups, enable the young participants to create their own poems/ raps around the theme of Identity, and then film each young poet performing their poem. These films are then uploaded to the Poetry Society You Tube channel where they are judged by a panel of professional performance poets. Crucially, these films remain as a constant archive of both the artistry of young people and as a socio-politcal barometer of their thoughts and ideas. SLAMbassadors is as much about the opinions of young people as it is about the forms they choose to write and perform in. It is about speaking the silences, the spaces between words. The project has been responsible for discovering and mentoring a significant number of emerging artsits who are now regular faces on the UK and international spoken word scene – including Anthony Ananxagorou, PACE, Kayo Chingonyi, Jay Bernard, NAGA, Jamal Msbele, Aisling Fahey (London Young Poet Laureate), Chris Preddie (awarded an OBE after takign part in the project), Lousie Hill, Hussain Manawer Online television presenter), Vanessa Kisuule (Roundhouse and Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion 2014), Catherine Labiran and BaddaBoomTee.

Primary Schools

Joelle was Poet in Residence at Kingsmead Primary School in Hackney for four years, a school listed as being in one of the 4% most deprived areas to learn and live in the UK. In spite of this, the school has received an Outstanding from Ofsted – due in part to their commitment to learning and developing through the arts.

In 2010 and 2011 Kingsmead students took part in a Creative Partnership project led by Joelle Taylor (poetry) and Gideon Mendel (photography). Students were given a camera to document their lives, and then wrote original spoken word/ poetry inspired by the images gathered. The results, which were featured in the Gurardian magazine,  can be found at and

She has been involved in several primary school slam championships, and recently piloted Junior SLAMbassadors in the Hackney borough.In January – February 2015 the first Tower Hamlets Junior SLAMbassadors will take place.


Joelle also visits schools for both short and long term projects – from a one day workshop to several weeks. Fees are negotaiable on longer term projects.

One full day in school/ other setting with performance and workshop/ INSET = £350

Half a day = £250

We will also charge for travel and accomodation if the journey is not within easy travelling distance of London.
Joelle has also led workshops for businesses including the Disney Corporation, Jack Wills Ltd and ASDA.


Joelle has led several INSET sessions for a number of literature development and education based agencies including the Arts Council (A New Direction, Creative Partnerships), Eastside Educational Trust, and the Poetry Society as well as direct bookings from interested schools. She specialises in the uses of spoken word in the curriculum as well as finding creative entry points into the national syllabus.


Live in another country to the UK? Live in the UK but far from the cities? Have a creative writing class at university or college and would like a question and answer session with Joelle? The easisest and cheapest way of arranging an hour session, or a series of sessions, is via Skype. Skype is perfect for one-to-one mentoring as well as basic workshops and interviews. Fees begin at £60 per hour.

For full details on all workshops please contact with your ideas and dates.



  1. […] I couldn’t think of anyone better to contact than Joelle Taylor, host of June’s Writing Room. For those not familiar with the name, she is an international spoken word artist and has worked for top dogs, such as The British Council, The Royal Court and Shakespeare’s Globe. She also works within the less glamorous settings of prisons. She is Founder and Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK: the national youth slam, for showcasing talent from 12-18 year olds and a scheme which is ‘as much about the opinions of young people as it is about the forms they choose to write and perform in‘. (SLAMbassadors UK) […]

  2. joelle actually taught me for several weeks and helped me find something inside me i never thought i had so if you decide to do one of her workshops you wont regret it

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