It’s National Poetry Month!

ncs 20/04/2016
Suli Breaks is one of the main ambassadors of the NCS programme and a strong advocate for young people.

It’s proud-pied April which means spring is finally here, and hath put a spirit of youth in every thing…

Oh, didn’t you know? It’s National Poetry Month! What better time to celebrate some of the lyrical greats including our favourite spoken word artist Suli Breaks. Oh, and the above is Shakespeare in case you were wondering. He was an NCS ambassador back in 1596…

First, a bit of background. How did poetry get its own special month of the year? Founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, the event has become the biggest literary celebration in the world! So, fancy yourself as a bit of a wordsmith? Know your iambic pentameter like there’s no tomorrow? Summon your inner poet and dazzle the world with your words! Why not send a poem to your secret crush, or write about your beloved pet dog? Or, you know, your incredible NCS experience!

And of course, there aren’t many poetic talents more mesmerising than NCS Ambassador Suli Breaks. The spoken word artist has inspired a generation of NCSers with his thought-provoking wordplay. Not least with his glorious tribute to the summer – ‘Man, I Miss The Summer’ – and we can’t get enough of his inspiring (and catchy) wisdom!

So how did it all start for Suli? Well it wasn’t until his last year of university that he found his passion for spoken word poetry. He wasn’t exactly head over heels about his chosen subject of study, whereas spoken word poetry came to him oh-so naturally. What happened next? He started his mega-popular YouTube channel, garnering thousands of views and fans. His most known video, ‘Why I Hate School But Love Education’, points out that schools pay too much attention to exam grades and not enough on raw talent – he agrees education is very important but suggests there are other ways to empower students. It’s safe to say Suli has become an essential voice for young people and rightfully so!

So, without further ado, let us leave you with one of our favourite lines from Suli:

... Life can change in moments, in seconds and in one summer.


Who’s your favourite poet? Tweet us @NCS!