We caught up with Matt before his afternoon session:-
Hi Matt, can you summarise what you do?
I do spoken word poetry which encourages young people to be creative and have a voice…I’m also a professional boxer, so it’s quite the combination!
What are the highlights of what you do; combing poetry and boxing?
I love what I do, it allows me provide the tools to those who are struggling in education and to have a voice and help them express their emotions in a positive light.
I firmly believe in working hard to gain the things that you want, so I always want to promote the positive effects of hard-work in my classes.
How did you get into it?
I was excluded from school, so the things I got into trouble for inspired me to take up poetry and channel my feelings into boxing. My English teacher actually encouraged me to enter the Young Poetry Laureate competition, which I won! I was the first guy in the country to do so!
How have you found #TeamKC?
The students at KC have been really good. They’ve responded so positively to my sessions, taking a lot from both the boxercise and creative poetry; I really hope that I’ve inspired them! It’s not about being the best writer, it’s about being given the freedom to be creative. I want them to pursue their passions regardless of how trendy they think it may be!