What’s Your Talent: Poetic Impact

There is always something beautiful in a group of artists collaborating to create something that not only showcases their talent but also works to support one another in growth in a fun and memorable way.

Spearheaded by Theresa Lake, Furquan Soomro and fellow @BYPoets Celestina Rowaiye, Poetic Impact is a YouTube channel aiming to create solid material outwards, to help promote modern poets and the variety of voices that exists in the London scene while aiming to engage audiences to this art form, one that’s growing to be more modern and relevant than most people think.

Already featuring many awesome voices such as Ruth Sutoyé, Malakaï Sargeant (I’m not just saying this because I know them lol) and MOAK, Poetic Impact aims to reach out to more voices out there and are currently looking to set more sessions up with poets from across the city.

Roll call:

And so many other great poets coming soon! Believe me, I was there with them! Check out their YouTube and Instagram accounts every Monday to stay tuned. Head shots courtesy of Luke aka @laterrelonge

The video above is me! I remember doing the piece twice because the first time we ran through the poem with the music the song blasted through the earphones like crazy and I couldn’t hear my voice, and I thought that’s how professionals did it. Thankfully we were able to do it a second time! Shout outs to Justin de Guzman of Deeper Manila fame for letting me use his song from Bandcamp! #nowplaying Adobo from Archive of Randoms.

I got to ask those behind this awesome project a few questions about Poetic Impact through their perspective, and these are the answers I got back.

What first inspired you to create Poetic Impact? What qualities does this project have that you think other projects don’t in terms of showcasing poets and the wide spectrum of poetry that exists today?

Poetic Impact was created because of the love of poetry, expressing the self, giving people an opportunity to promote themselves, create and engage with poetry.

We realised there were many online platforms in the UK for music and not as much for poetry/spoken word. There are lots of amazing open mic nights and live poetry showcases in the UK and we wanted Poetic Impact to bring this element into the online world via Poetry Booth sessions. Poetry is not just pen and paper today, there are elements of cross arts collaboration and we wanted to promote this which is why we permit poets to accompany their poems with music.

As far as we know, there isn’t a platform that showcases poets in a studio environment and that’s what makes poetry booth sessions so unique. Offering poets a free recording of their poem and having access to the YouTube video is also important, as that is something that is useful for applications for competitions etc. Although Poetry booth sessions is our main project at the moment, we are planning on running workshops and live events as well as selling poetry related merchandise, all in due time.

When I came in to do my recording I felt a huge sense of love for poetry and photography within the community that really helped me focus and be myself. What would you like those who take part in this project both in front and behind the camera to take away from Poetic Impact?

We want every single person that steps into the Poetry Booth to feel like they are in a comfortable and intimate space where they can showcase their best creative self. We would also like poets to use Poetry Booth Sessions as an opportunity to experiment with their delivery. Physically, they get to take away an audio and visual recording they can use for their personal/professional use. Every one on the Poetic impact team are either poets, photographers/filmmakers or all of the above so we are all invested in the project and growing together with every session we run. As well as taking away an experience of sharing poetry and networking, we would love for artists partaking in poetry booth sessions to feel a sense of community and great vibes.

Studio3Arts is set in such a tranquil area of East London. Can you tell us what made you choose them as the place to execute the project?

We all grew up in Barking, where Studio3Arts is based. They run various arts based programmes for young people which some of us have been involved in the past. They bring creative people together and empower people using the arts. It just made sense for them to be our first port of call for something like that and we were so happy they agreed. Studio KM, the recording studio we use at Studio3arts is very special to us as it named in memory of a local talented musician and friend. He spent a lot of time in that studio chasing his artistic dreams and encouraging other artists. We are now doing the same and honouring him with that act.

What has been one favourite memory so far during recording?

F: My personal favourite memory was when the three of us went to Nando’s after our first Poetry Booth sessions. We were so stressed out about it because we started a little later than planned but after everyone finished recording, we just went and ate chicken. We talked about how fun it was and how easy everything was in terms of setting up. That was my big worry and I’m glad everything went well.

C: Our first ever session. It was a mixture of joy and anxiety. We started later than planned; our fairy lights died and we had last minute cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. But we had amazing poets with good vibes and had a cheeky celebratory meal after.

T: My favourite memory is of our first ever session, so much nervousness but along with laughter and good vibes! It was the most happiest I have felt on a Saturday morning. Doing something I love!

If you’d like to get involved with Poetic Impact, you can contact them through

Youtube: Poetic Impact

Facebook: Poetic Impact

Twitter: @poetic_impact

Instagram: @poetic_impact

Published by troycabida

Troy Cabida (he/him) is a Filipino poet and producer based in south west London. His recent poems have appeared in TAYO Literary Magazine, harana poetry, MacMillan and bath magg. He is a producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah and co-founder of Liwayway Kolektibo, an arts and culture network providing space for UK-based Filipino/a/x creatives. His debut pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020. Photo taken by Ray Roberts.

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