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Word Up! Students excel at performance competition

Teacher Cecilia Faumuina explains that “to write poetry is one thing, but to get up in front of an audience and perform that poetry that speaks the individual author’s truth or perspective on the world they live in takes a lot of courage.”

Two ACG Sunderland students made it through to the grand final of ‘Word Up’ – a performance competition giving 13-21 year-old rappers, poets, spoken word performers, and songwriters an opportunity to present their original work.

The final on Friday was held at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson.

This year, three ACG Sunderland students entered the event: Fania Kapao (Year 12), Shannon Macdonald (Year 11) and Erin Geraghty (Year 12), with Fania and Erin progressing to the final.

Although Fania was unable to be at the final, her spoken word poem had previously been described by event organiser Sophie Elworthy as ‘simply amazing’.

Erin performed her original song ‘Seasonal Lovers’, earning her a spontaneous Special Award from American National Poetry Slam Champion Ken Arkind. Event judge Mr Arkind is a TEDx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work around the world.

He also awarded Erin a paid musical set at a spoken word event for adult spoken word performers.

The other judges were hip hop artist MeloDownz and spoken word artist Ria Masai.

Teacher Cecilia Faumuina congratulated the students on representing ACG Sunderland at the competition.

“To write poetry is one thing, but to get up in front of an audience and perform that poetry that speaks the individual author’s truth or perspective on the world they live in takes a lot of courage” she said.

Word Up was held in association with the Going West Books and Writers Festival. 

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