POET: Michelle Scally
BACKGROUND: The object of this placement was to involve an Afro-Caribbean woman poet, plus musician, in the Big Black Bus - an innovative mobile youth project visiting isolated rural communities in the North East Leeds area.
"The opportunity offered by Poetry Places was marvellous. It introduced a unique and gifted professional artist into our programme - something which we could not afford by rasing subscriptions from the young people themselves. The poet, Michelle Scally, spoke movingly of her early childhood and life experiences and how they moved her into a written expression to cope with the traumas and confusion she experienced. She also provided a strong role model for young people, particularly young girls, to be self-sufficient and proud."