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Hello. I’m Jacob Sam-La Rose. I’m the author of Breaking Silence and Communion. My working hours are distributed between poetry, literature in education, experiments with creative technology and community architecture. I exist in a number of different places online— this site serves as an aggregator, an overview of the various different strands of my web-based activity. Get in touch if you’d like to know more about any of my work.

This morning, poets on the radio representing Barbican Young…

This morning, poets on the radio representing Barbican Young Poets: Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Joshua Judson. If you weren’t listening, there’s always iPlayer…

Had the opportunity to author a poem in response to Austin…

Had the opportunity to author a poem in response to Austin Cole’s “St Paul’s and Shard”. Now on display (and for sale) on the walls of Eames Gallery on Bermondsey Street, as part of 26 Prints.

#ekphrasis #gettingwritingdone #poemsonwalls #poemasart

This rather grand room will play host to much writing of poetry…

This rather grand room will play host to much writing of poetry over the next four hours… Running workshops for teachers via OCR (exam board). Because teachers write too.

Institute of Education today, leading a workshop for teachers…

Institute of Education today, leading a workshop for teachers via LATE (London Association for Teachers of English). Ways into writing, gamifying workshops while resisting end-gaming (process vs product), internal vs external drivers, slam as a model vs slam as a sub-genre of poetry. All in an hour-long session. And yes, for everyone who asked, I’m still available for school bookings.

After the workshop, I stayed on to see performances from young poets representing a Muswell Hill school’s spoken word club. There are a good few teachers doing admirable work in lunchtimes and after-school sessions; a beautiful counter-movement for the assessment orientated obsession that drives so much of our current education system.

And now, I remember there used to be an old arcade somewhere near here on Tottenham Court Road. If it still exists, I may just take a moment to catch-up with whatever version of Streetfighter they have available. Because all work and no play… well, you know the rest.

Yesterday, in Wellingborough, on my way back to London from…

Yesterday, in Wellingborough, on my way back to London from working with the students of Huxlow Tech. More talk about Breaking Silence for English students studying towards ‘A’ levels. Topics of conversation included Guyana, hip-hop, Black British identity, developing a voice that’s true to self, the power of imagery, adjusting one’s relationship with rules (with a nod to Bruce Lee), awe and the nature of mystery. Much fun. Thanks for having me.

Interviewed for English & Media Centre’s emagazine…

Interviewed for English & Media Centre’s emagazine (http://bit.ly/2mO3ENn)

The Calm Company, Jason Fried— Signalvnoise.com. Thinking a lot…

The Calm Company, Jason Fried— Signalvnoise.com. Thinking a lot about work practice as a freelance creative professional in the arts, a sector that’s pretty much shored up by above-and-beyond efforts— budgets are often lacking and human input (time, attention) is a too-easily undervalued resource. I’m particularly mindful of these issues, working in association with a range of other larger companies and institutions, and thus always in danger of falling foul of multiple, overlapping unhealthy work cultures. The unincorporated are left to fend for themselves. Time to squad up?

Goldsmiths Unislam squad, and the trophy for Unislam…

Goldsmiths Unislam squad, and the trophy for Unislam 2017’s Highest Scoring Team. Salute. (at CURVE theatre, Leicester)

Busy but rewarding week. Shared the stage with Rachel Long…

Busy but rewarding week. Shared the stage with Rachel Long (pictured), Shade Joseph, Seraphima Kennedy, Will Harris, Arinze Kene, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams at Inua’s RAP Party (Shoreditch House) on Thursday evening. I performed at a couple of the early events in the series (Albany? Southbank?) and it’s great to see that it’s continued to run for so long. I presented a poem I wrote that same afternoon between facilitating student tutorials, after challenging one of my students to focus on possibilities rather than limitations when approaching writing deadlines. The poem references cassette tapes, Boogie Down Productions and the London Posse, because what’s a Hip-Hop night in London if we don’t reference British Hip-Hop? (at Shoreditch House)

Tate Exchange Pumphouse project, soon come… (at Tate…

Tate Exchange Pumphouse project, soon come… (at Tate Modern)

The Producers (S02 E01: Meeting With Emerging Producers)

The Producers (S02 E01: Meeting With Emerging Producers)

The Producers (S02 E01: Meeting With Emerging Producers)

The Producers (S02 E01: Meeting With Emerging Producers)

“Why are we always so busy?” Annette Krauss via…

“Why are we always so busy?” Annette Krauss via http://siteforunlearning.tumblr.com

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via…

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via Image Journal.
https://imagejournal.org/article/the-discipline-of-the-notebook/

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via…

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via Image Journal.
https://imagejournal.org/article/the-discipline-of-the-notebook/

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via…

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via Image Journal.
https://imagejournal.org/article/the-discipline-of-the-notebook/

“All of the variables which discriminate between creative…

“All of the variables which discriminate between creative and non-creative people are motivational.”— Cognitive Processes in Creativity, John R. Hayes

From Making Your Life as an Artist, Andrew Simonet

From Making Your Life as an Artist, Andrew Simonet

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Tunisia, Hammamet Conference: the person currently speaking is…

Tunisia, Hammamet Conference: the person currently speaking is someone I went to school with. Haven’t seen him for 20 years and we just happened to bump into each other here. He’s the Chief Information Officer and co-founder of a leading e-commerce software as a service company. Apart from the serendipity of bumping into an old schoolmate, the difference between our sectors stands as an example of the range of delegates and leaders that the conference has brought together… Visions for better futures, political and economic reform through engagement, meeting citizens’ needs to overcome inequality, “arts and culture” as a driver of change, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and more, all under this roof.