Borderlines is an international spoken word project, funded by Arts Council England. It will see young people in 7 centres across England and 7 countries across the EU - Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Portugal, The Republic of Ireland, Estonia and Poland, work with spoken word artists to give voice to their views on borders - physical, cultural and personal.

With the support of Joelle Taylor, Artistic Director, the centres will write and perform spoken word poetry that can also be submitted for curation on this platform: an evolving exhibition of spoken word poetry, written by young people. This exhibition will showcase the work of emerging artists all writing about the same theme.

The young people from the 14 centres will come together as part of a live streaming event on 29 March 2019 as the UK officially leaves the EU. This event will kickstart a year of international, artistic collaboration between the centres. This website will be a portal for this collaboration to be celebrated and shared.

If you’re interested in submitting your own work. You can do this here.

Poet Mentors

POET Mentor

Joelle Taylor


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.

POET Mentor

Anthony Anaxagorou


'A vastly accomplished, unconventional, selfless poet, keen to nurture the poets of tomorrow.'The Independent

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. He has published several volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories. His new collection of poetry After the Formalities will be published by Penned in the Margins in 2019.

His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio London, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts as well as being published in The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Wildness, The Cornerstone Review, The Feminist Review and Amnesty International’s Words That Burn.

He has judged several literary prizes including the 2016 BBC Young Writers Award, The CLiPPA Awards (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) The Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors and Oxford University’s ISIS magazine poetry competition. He is currently the Wild Card selector for the Poetry Book Society and has also written for the Huffington Post.

In 2017 he was commissioned by the Labour Party during the general election to write the poem for their campaign entitled Mark It Red.

In 2015 his poetry and fiction writing won the Groucho Maverick Award and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Hospital Club’s H-100 award for most influential people in writing and publishing. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. He currently he works as the writer in residence at several London schools where he teaches poetry and creative writing. He has guest lectured at several universities including; Oxford, Lancaster, Loughborough, Roehampton, Sheffield and Leeds on poetry in education, identity and race.

In 2012 he founded Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and live music night, and Out- Spoken Press in 2013, an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing that aims to challenge the lack of diversity in British publishing. He has toured extensively both Europe and Australia.

POET Mentor

Adam Kammerling


Adam Kammerling is a National Slam Winning poet, an MC and a theatre maker. He performs all over the country and facilitates rap and poetry workshops for young people and adults.

His most recent work includes Shall We Take This Outside, a three headed spoken- word/dance theatre piece that featured at Last Word Festival and will tour nationally in 2019.

He has released a number of music projects, including the Papaya EP which was featured as a Resident Adviser staff picks, and the Look Up split single, released on Monde Green records.

He has performed in festivals countrywide and gigged in New York, Poland, Finland and Ireland. He has been published in arts magazine, New York Niceties, and in the UK in the Morning Star and in Rhyming Thunder, Burning Eye’s debut poetry anthology.

POET Mentor

Zena Edwards


Zena Edwards is a London-based spoken word artist, writer and musician. She is known for her polemic voice, speaking on panels for climate change and creative campaigning for equality and equitable rights. Her vibrant and often political poetry is inspired by her experiences of travel, particularly through Africa, as well as traditional African music and song. She often accompanies her work with mbira, kalimba and marimba (thumb pianos). Zena has performed at WOMAD, The London Jazz Festival, Poetry International at the Royal Festival Hall, The URB Hip Hop Festival (Helsinki), Glastonbury as well as many others. Her work has featured on television and radio, most recently The Verb (Radio 3) and Contains Strong Language (BBC2).

She has produced two CDs, entitled Healing Pool and Mine 4 Life.