Award winning poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist and broadcaster Simon Armitage performed at Déda as part of Derby Book Festival on Thursday 4 June


Simon Armitage Poetry Competition 


During the Derby Book Festival we hosted a brilliant evening with the wonderful Simon Armitage. We also ran a poetry competition, the winner had the unique opportunity to perform their work on the night. Enjoy the first and second part from the winning entry, by Lily Gornall, before reading on for the final part...

First World Problems

I dropped my I-phone onto my I-pad,

It cracked the screen and now I feel sad.

My laptop ran out of battery and the charger’s upstairs.

I posted on Facebook and got zero shares.

The cards and cash made my wallet so fat,

That it hurt my butt whenever I sat.

Whenever I watch the news on TV,

War and disease is all that I see.

Orphaned children begging for food,

It makes me sad and it kills my mood.

So let’s all just switch off the TV,


To finish, here are some words from Lily herself on her experience performing and writing this captivating poem:

“It's awesome to see my poem featured on the blog. I can say that performing it on the night was a bit nerve-wracking but all the staff at DÉDA were extremely supportive. I was given the five-star treatment and it made the whole experience very enjoyable and memorable. I can't wait to do more poetry at DÉDA.”

If you are inspired by Lily, our poetry performance evenings in the CUBE café|bar are a fantastic opportunity to start writing and practicing your poems. Whether complete beginner or poet enthusiast, this free event is open to all. Our next event is September 3rd with a theme of Foreign Travel and Holidays. A perfect chance to channel your summer creativity and get whisked away with some travel inspired poetry! 



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