For their submission to the 2021 Voice Summer Showcase, Kizzy submitted "Freedom", an original poem they wrote to explore the concept of personal freedom.
We invited Jack Solloway, Marketing Executive at Bloomsbury Digital Resources and former Assistant Editor to Voice, to join current Assistant Editor Saskia Calliste to view the submission and provide feedback to the artist.
Jack said: "Kizzy’s writing has an off-the-cuff, conversational feel. I can imagine the poem being performed on stage at a spoken word night. It raises some interesting questions about how society perceives people with disabilities as part of a wider media culture. The poet makes a convincing case for reevaluating our relative freedoms within society and asks us to note the difference between representation and equity, that we shouldn’t mistake one for the other. Kizzy, thank you for your entry."
Saskia said: "This poem has a really interesting well thought out concept. It’s relatable and poses some very interesting questions surrounding what modern-day freedom actually is and how different societal groups are without it. This poem has a nice rhythm to it and reads well. It’s thought-provoking and has a very important message to it."
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a poet, spoken word artist and activist from Yorkshire. I focus on disability, mental health, education and British values. At the moment I'm in college studying media but I also work freelance doing a number of things from speaking engagements to web design.
Give us a brief description of your submission?
My poem was created during a theatre workshop on theatre with Transcend Theatre Company. It demonstrates the things I feel need to change in order for me to gain complete personal freedom.
How long have you been practicing your artform?
Since the start of lockdown.
What is some advice you wish you'd had before you started your artform?
I wish someone had told me not to worry about sounding like other people in the scene.
Who are your artistic inspirations?
Joelle Taylor and Benjamin Zephaniah
To see Kizzy's submission, click here.
To see all the submissions to the 2021 Voice Summer Showcase, follow this link.