'WE ARE POETS 19' is a programme of workshops, exhibitions and live performances which is being run by Verbal throughout the month of November in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council. 

'WE ARE POETS'  is part of Youth 19, a year which is being dedicated to young people aged 14-24.  These events are designed to promote the voices, needs, rights and well-being of young people in their community highlighting thier contribution and supporting their participation and confidence to develop skills and MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN.



WHAT: Public Exhibition 

WHERE: Verbal 


“Embracing Human Rights” is the core collaboration for 2019, a theme which has not waned in significance in the 71 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10th December 1948.

This exhibition, primarily of arpilleras, addresses two key questions:

1. What is the impact of, and response to, human rights violations?

2. How can we embed a culture of human rights?

Throughout the exhibition period there will be a range of associated activities such as schools' workshops on 7th and 21st November. The exhibition will culminate with a closing event on 10th December to mark International Human Rights Day 2019.


WHAT: Hollie McNish performance with support from Poetry Jam winner, Michael Wilson.  

WHERE: Verbal




WHAT: Poetry installations featuring commissioned poem for Verbal by poet, Lemn Sissay (MBE)

WHERE: Foyle Embankment (12th) & Verbal (15th)


Lemn Sissay MBE is a British author and broadcaster. Sissay was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics, has been Chancellor of the University of Manchester since 2015, and joined the Foundling Museum's Board of Trustees two years later, having previously been appointed one of the museum's Fellows. 

At all’   is a commissioned piece which seen young people in the city from the Extern organisation take part , in a series of visual art workshops. Through this activity they have re-created ‘At all’ as a temporary public artwork, which they are installing in a number of public spaces across the city. 


WHAT: Screening of 'WE ARE POETS' a film by Alex Ramseyer- Bache and Daniel Lucchesi

WHERE: Hidden City Cafe, 2 London Street 


TIME: 6:15PM

Multi award-winning feature documentary, We Are Poets, presents a moving and poignant story of youth, art and freedom of expression. It intimately follows six teenage poets from youth literary group, Leeds Young Authors, as they are chosen to represent the UK at Brave New Voices: the world's most prestigious Poetry Slam competition. From their inner city lives in northern England, to a stage in front of the White House in Washington DC, the team explosively lay bare the concerns of a generation as they take on the world and prepare for a transformational journey of a lifetime. Imaginative, honest and deeply personal, WE ARE POETS reveals a unique portrait of modern Britain and a testament to the power of creativity, community and the dynamism of young people. Anyone tempted to dismiss today's youth as politically apathetic better pay heed: here is electrifying evidence to the contrary.




WHAT: Tebi Rex gig 

WHERE: Atelier Hair, Derry 



TICKETS: Reserve your tickets here

Spectacular rap outfit Tebi Rex are one of the leading names on the Irish Music scene (with debut album The Young Will Eat The Old already being discussed as a domestic release of the year. 


WHAT: Abridged presents spoken word artist Natalya O'Flaherty at an

Abridged Exhibition.     

New Abridged issue, '0-58 Kassandra' will also be launched on the night. 

WHERE: Sandwich Co. Bishop Street Within.



TICKETS:Reserve your tickets here

Abridged magazine occupies The Bunker for one night only to host a unique performance by the incredible Natalya O'Flaherty, one of the most exciting voices on the Irish spoken word scene. Not to be missed!