Our favourite inspiring TED talks

As applications open for Lincoln’s first TEDxYouth event, 1215.today finds inspiration from artists and speakers on how to deliver a brilliant TED talk. 1. First up, artist and host of TEDxYouth@BrayfordPool, Hetain Patel. Hetain’s TED talk has been watched over 2.5 million times. It’s intelligent, funny and above all, tells a human story. Hetain is … Continue reading Our favourite inspiring TED talks

Body As Border – a poem

New poetry from our poet-in-residence, Remi Graves   walls of flesh guarding us from each other. skin a barricade against the foreign stopping us from spilling out onto the Hackney Road at midday. Fingernails the glass ceiling to transcendence. Mouth as immigration control guarding what we let in and what we pass out. Colon as detention centre, … Continue reading Body As Border – a poem

Janelle Monae’s Afrofuturistic Queen: A playful song with powerful message

“Cheesy as it sounds, I remember dancing to this video with my sisters, feeling hopeful for the future” For all the playfulness of Janelle Monae’s Queen video ‘The booty don’t lie” (hahahaa) it concretely envisions a  more positive future for African American culture in the States. The opening speech of this video is a clear … Continue reading Janelle Monae’s Afrofuturistic Queen: A playful song with powerful message

Yinka Shonibare’s subversive art challenges the status quo

How the Nigerian-British artist makes poignant statements about status & subversion In his piece Diary of A Victorian Dandy, Yinka Shonibare subverts his role as an outsider as a Nigerian-British and disabled artist, by figuring himself as the centre of attention at a party with wealthy Victorians. Empire was booming during Queen Victoria’s reign, and … Continue reading Yinka Shonibare’s subversive art challenges the status quo

The Witching Hour: On Radiohead’s Powerful Lyrics

Radiohead. Where to start? I have been listening to this band since early teenage-hood and have yet to tire of their magic. Beyond their musical prowess and ability to craft complicated yet catchy riffs and choruses – it is their lyricism that keeps me hooked. Thom Yorke’s lyrics are like weird fishes, slipping in and … Continue reading The Witching Hour: On Radiohead’s Powerful Lyrics

Asking our new Poet-in-Residence the questions that really matter

Discussing ideas around language, self-hood, the meaning of Magna Carta in the modern world, and more, Remi Graves, an ex-maths teacher turned drummer and poet, will be 1215.today’s digital Poet-in-Residence for the next 6 weeks   What was the first poem you had a real connection with?  Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘To A Tree’ struck a chord with … Continue reading Asking our new Poet-in-Residence the questions that really matter