‘Stepney Words III’ and ‘Being Me’ launch

‘Stepney Words III’ and ‘Being Me’ launch

A celebration of young people’s stories in words and images.

  • Tuesday 21 March 2017, 5pm
  • Mezzanine Gallery, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA


  • Shahidul Alam
  • Chris Searle
  • Alan Gilbey (local historian)
  • Students will read poems from Stepney Words III, alongside the poets Caleb Femi, Maria Ferguson, Cecilia Knapp and Talia Randall

In 1971, 24-year-old student teacher Chris Searle was sacked for publishing Stepney Words – a book of poems written by his students. The day following his dismissal, 800 students went on strike in protest, marching through the City of London to Trafalgar Square. As part of Rich Mix’s ten year anniversary celebrations, we worked with Chris Searle, four Tower Hamlets secondary schools, and the UK’s leading poetry organisation Apples and Snakes on a follow-up project to the original Stepney Words

Photographic exhibition Being Me is the result of a year-long creative collaboration between young people renowned photographer, writer and activist Shahidul Alam.

Related links

Rich Mix

Event details here

Apples and Snakes

This is a free event.