Riot Pieces


From August 6-8, England witnessed possibly the most devastating scenes of mass social unrest since the 80’s. Lives were lost, livelihoods were wiped out in a night, more than a few iPhones got grabbed and the nation has been forced into painful reflection in the face of an occurrence that crossed all boundries: race, class, religion, age, etc. There are fair few who weren’t touched, directly or indirectly, by the rampage.

Poejazzi, in collaboration with Kieran Yates, have asked some of London’s finest writers to do what they’re good at (writing) and create a artpiece of the riots, the results which will be posted on and Kieran’s simultaneously at 12noon and 6pm everyday til the end of august. Some are personal takes, some are damning critiques; though not single one can fully touch the whole palette of reasons and consequences behind the riots, it is our hope that one of them might allow you, the reader/listener, to relate and understand this past tragedy a little better.
Go to or Urbanbards,
PS. We are also accepting contributions, which we will be posting up until August. If you have a photo, a poem, a song, or a video you would like to share, please email or

About idehen

Poet, Frontman to alt hip hop band Benin City. Founder of Poem inbetween People. Co Founder of Spoken word/music night Poejazzi. Workshopper. Lover of all things horror/scifi/fantasy/tech related. Host. Semi bad man.
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