Young Identity



Who Are They?

Young Identity is a twenty-six strong group of young writers led by the senior coordinators, Shirley May and Ali Gadema. Formed in Moss Side, Manchester in 2006, the creative project includes poetry, script writing and performances.

Young Identity supports teenagers and young adults by using poetry, prose and performance to expose young people’s issues locally, nationally and internationally. It assists members in writing about subjects that may have a direct impact on their future, giving them a platform from which their voices can be heard.

By engaging its members with the arts, Young Identity promotes inclusion and community. It is aimed at those primarily from disadvantaged areas, encouraging literacy and analysis amongst young people. The project is a powerful voice in improving social awareness and communication skills.

If you have any questions about the group or would like to get involved, Young Identity is contactable by email.

Poetry & Performance

Performance Videos

Darwin Project Poems

Past Activities

Secret Garden 2010 – 2011

Word Cup 2010

The Saul Williams Experience 2010

Don’t Tell Anyone But… 2010

Poetry Slam 2009

Journeys 2009

Evolving Words 2009

Happy To Help 2008