A Conversational Catalyst
Poetry Prescribed uses spoken word poetry as a catalyst for conversation; to inspire thought, change, and creativity. We provide a safe space for people to come together and learn about how both spoken word poetry and creative writing can help deal with a wide range of topics. Our workshops offer a voice to those who may have previously found it difficult to articulate and/or express what they feel, and welcome everybody regardless of writing experience or ability.
We look forward to prescribing you poetry!
"Poetry is when emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words"
Esi Yankey is a British/Ghanaian performance poet, co-host, and resident poet at The Chocolate Poetry Club; member of the Flo Poets; and Co-host at Mind Over Matter. She has previously facilitated therapeutic music workshops with both community and SEN groups. As a performance Poet Esi has graced stages at The Royal Albert Hall, The Tate Modern Gallery, Althorp Literary Festival, Leefest, The Lambeth Country Show, and many more. She captivates her audiences with her honest and heartfelt poetry; often speaking up on behalf of the oppressed and silenced. Esi began writing poetry as a child, and carried her love of writing into adulthood. Upon learning more about the therapeutic benefits of poetry and creative writing, she realised that she had been unknowingly using poetry as a therapy for many, many years. Combining her love of poetry, with her knowledge of holistic therapy, and passion for mental health awareness; Esi founded Poetry Prescribed in 2017, with the primary aim of improving people’s mental health and well being using poetry and creative writing.
Poetry Prescribed are proud to partner with Mind Over Matter; an independent project which aims to break down stigma and widen the conversation around mental health, by discussing it through Spoken Word Poetry and Hip Hop. They host powerful, community driven events showcasing the best of up and coming talent as well as established artists from the worlds of Spoken Word and Hip Hop. All Poetry Prescribed attendees are encouraged to sign up for the open mic at Mind Over Matter, for an opportunity to share their poetry in a welcoming, supportive environment.