Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author who is currently touring Europe, Australia and South East Asia with her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She is the author of 3 full collections and is currently completing her debut book of short stories The Night Alphabet, with support from the Arts Council. She has featured on The Verb (R3), Power Lines (R4), Educating the East End (ITV), and We Belong Here (BBC). She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK’s national youth slam championships, for the Poetry Society in 2001 and remains it Artistic Director. SLAMbassadors is the longest running spoken word education programme in Europe, and is Home Office recommended arts practice for hard to reach young adults. Her work is taught as part of the OCR GCSE syllabus, and she has received a Change Maker Award from the Southbank Centre in recognition of the effect SLAMbassadors and youth slam poetry in general has had on British culture. She is the host and co-curator of premier London poetry and music club Out-Spoken, and a Fellow of the RSA.