Our latest blog update has been written by Elise Gill, a second year BA (Hons) Journalism student at the University of Derby, who is currently on placement with us at Déda and the CUBE café|bar.

Follow Elise on Twitter @egmedia2892


Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing some work experience here at Déda as part of my Work Based Learning module in my second year of BA Journalism.

As someone who has very little ‘know-how’ when it comes to dance (except for the obligatory ballet lessons when I was younger), coming into Déda was a brand new experience for me.

As part of the module, I’m keeping a diary of what I get up to whilst here at Déda, here’s the story so far…

Week 1:

The first few days were based around getting to know the background of Déda. I was given a quick tour of the building, (which is like the TARDIS, the space in huge!) to get to know where I’d be based for the next few weeks.

I’m mostly going to be based in CUBE café|bar, so my project outline is based around what I can be doing with the events, space and food on offer.

Heather (my mentor) and I then set the project outcomes, which includes writing content for the blog (hello!) and helping with promoting the CUBE café to students.

Another outcome for my time here is to create a portfolio of content for events that take place at CUBE. So getting stuck in straight away, I went to Derby Performance Poets. Here’s a quick review of the evening.

Derby Performance Poets: April

The first Thursday of every month sees Derby performance poets meet at CUBE café to share their original pieces in front of a friendly and enthusiastic audience.

As part my task to produce a review of the night, I came armed with my notepad and pen, ready to take notes of the night.

I have to admit, my first opinion was it was going to be a small group of awkward people struggling to perform in front of complete strangers, maybe a tumbleweed rolling in the background.

However, the theme of this month’s get-together was Comic Verse, essentially, anything that makes you laugh. And there was plenty of laughter!

With topics ranging from the royal family and politics, to love lives and old family memories, there was something to make everyone giggle.

These events are open to everyone, from someone who wants to try their hand at performing, to people like me who just want to sit, listen and enjoy.

Each performer is given roughly four minutes to share their poems, whether it be a few short limericks or one longer piece. So there is always time for anybody who wants to perform to get a chance.

I was worried that I’d have to get up having not prepared anything to say but there's no pressure, you are just as welcome to sit and listen over a glass of wine.

When I got there, you could tell there was a great variety in the people, from teenagers and students, to people maybe a few years into retirement. Whatever your age, there is a great sense of community and newcomers are welcomed the same way as old friends.

With the meetings taking place in CUBE, there is also the opportunity to have some delicious homemade food throughout the evening.


The next meeting is May 7th at 7.30pm, the theme of the night being Writers and Poets.




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