Bad Lay-Dee teaching school children

(that’s bad meaning good!)

Bad Lay-Dee’s poetry and music workshop was first commissioned by Hackney Museum via Hackney Council to be delivered as part of the ‘Roots, Rhythms & Records’ exhibition. The workshop has now been successfully delivered to nearly 1,500 young people from local schools in Hackney and has now gone on the road to be delivered in schools across London.

Children taking part in a music workshop

Delivered by a professional singer, rapper and spoken word artist, the workshop uses skills such as writing, listening, learning and collaborating. The sessions help children and young people to think about how they can use music and poetry to channel their energies into making a positive change within themselves and their communities.

The focus of the workshop is to help young people find their own voice and encourage them to use it in a positive way. The workshop helps to develop confidence and self-esteem. Throughout the sessions, children are encouraged to open up and talk about their feeling, providing them with a safe space to create anti-knife, anti-gang and anti-gun-crime messages – promoting the use of ‘words NOT weapons!’

The workshop has been specifically designed to create positive voices of the future, and the aim is to make the sessions available to as many young people, as possible. If you are interested in booking the workshop or you would like to find out more information about the content and/or the facilitator, please get in touch.

“The delivery of the session was excellent! From the music to the content. All of the children were engaged and some children that would never usually come up to the front to perform were volunteering themselves. It was excellent to see.” Shoreditch Park Primary School

“Donna (aka Bad Lay-Dee) is a joy to work with and has all the creative skills, natural teaching ability, innovation and passion that are often so hard to find in one person! The sessions she co-developed with the museum for Black History Season this year are amongst the best we’ve experienced and the whole team feels privileged to have worked with her.” – Hackney Museum, Heritage Schools Manager

Read news article from hackney.gov.uk ‘Highest number of school children learn about Black History