In their own words...

For the fourth year running, Sheffield Youth Justice Service is sponsoring the Youth Word Up project as part of Off the Shelf, Sheffield's literary festival.

This year, young people are working with local poet and writer Vicky Morris to create pieces telling it like it is, sharing their experiences, dreams and hopes.  On 2nd December 2015 some young people will perform their pieces alongside slam poetry champion, Mark Grist, whose rap battles have had millions of views on YouTube.  There will also be a booklet of their work available.

Places at the event are free, but must be booked - see the Off the Shelf website for more details.