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Kema started working with New Writing North in 2017. An early-career rapper and actor, having performed across the country and starred in critically acclaimed I, Daniel Blake, Kema was keen to work with young people to develop their rapping and performance skills, but identified a need to work on his own facilitation skills first.

Through the Young Writers’ Talent Fund, Kema has attended Artswork facilitation training and been mentored by Young Poet Laureate for London Caleb Femi, who observed, supported and fed back on a session Kema delivered to young people.

“Working with Caleb was very inspiring because I wasn’t sure about the delivery of some of my activities but he gave me positive feedback about being authentic and true to myself during the sessions. It was a real confidence boost and made my sessions bigger and brighter.”

In December 2017 we supported Kema to apply for and attend Arvon’s Fire in the Flint programme, a writing and teaching skills development week.

Kema is an alumni of Excelsior Academy in the West End of Newcastle, a partner school for our Young Writers’ City programme. Kema has used his newly acquired facilitation skills by leading rap, rhythm and poetry sessions at the academy for us on Young Writers’ City, where he has had a huge impact on the young people he has worked with.

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