30 October, 2018
Dreadlock Alien comes to IGBIS
On Monday 29th October, Grade 6, 7 and 8 students were treated to a one-day poetry workshop with slam and performance poet, and former Birmingham poet laureate, Richard Grant, otherwise known as Dreadlock Alien. Students learnt everything from the basics of beatbox to how to write prose quickly and easily. There was never a dull moment, and always a lot of noise, as students wrote poetry in groups and alone, then read their poems all at once in a range of different styles. Many students bravely recited their work to the rest of the group, and received encouragement and applause from their audience. At the end of the day, Mr Grant (or is that Mr Alien?) recited one of his own poems about skin colour to resounding applause. Feedback on the day ranged from “unusual”, “creative” and “great” to “interesting” and “yo!” It’s fair to say that students and teachers alike thoroughly enjoyed their day with Dreadlock Alien and it will be something that is spoken about for a long time to come.