POPPY, FARHAN & JOE'S STORY

 POPPY TURNER, 20 

Poppy  lives in Bow in East London and originally from Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire.

Poppy was selected to write eco poems as part of YOUYOU Mentoring and Dame Vivienne Westwood climate change poetry project. 

Poppy received mentorship and guidance with her creative writing by Olivia Cole, poet and Literary editor of GQ magazine.  Poppy went onto record her eco poems at The Premises solar powered studio in Hackney and a spoken word performance to an invited audience of  VIPs at  Keats House.

With the continued support from YOUYOU Mentoring, Poppy went on to collaborate with Brit artist Gavin Turk and illustrator Hugo Guinness creating a collection of poems titled LOVE POEMS to coincide with Valentine's Day.

Poppy has always been inspired by the Yorkshire scenery and through the guidance  from YOUYOU she went onto  take part in masterclasses with Marsden poet Simon Armitage and his Stanza Stones project, poems that were carved out to form a 47-mile walking trail from Marsden to Ilkley Moor.

In 2015, Poppy was the winner of the national  Stanza Stones Project  with  her poem ‘Learning to Love You (Ode to the Yorkshire Moors.)  Poppy  appeared on the BBC One show Countryfile reciting her poem.

Poppy is working on a new collection of poems, as well as writing for magazines on literature and music.




FARHAN MANNAN, 20

A student from Acton in London, Farhan began writing songs when he was 14. 

Farhan was one of four aspiring songwriters to take part in a Masterclass with Guy Chambers, famed for his hugely successful partnership with Robbie Williams and the winner of three Ivor Novello awards.
 
The young songwriters were given one-to-one advice and invaluable feedback on their work. Farhan so impressed Guy with his song Remember Yesterday, that he offered to record and produce the track with him at his Sleeper Sound studio in London. 

Guy also offered Farhan a 12 month artist development writing opportunity, working with Guy developing new songs.
 
Since then, Farhan  has been working on new tracks and  completed a computer music technology degree.  He has assisted Liam Howe who has much success producing the likes of Lana Del Rey, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs and Ellie Goulding.

Farhan is working on  his new EP. 

JOE BISHOP, 18

Hailing from London, Joe is a passionate music fan and writer who began writing a blog about the underground urban music scene in the capital when he was just 15.
 
After completing a series of YOUYOU Masterclasses with Paul Rees during the latter’s time as Editor-In-Chief of Q magazine, Joe was offered a paid internship on the title. During his 12 months at Q, Joe went on to become the magazine’s Staff Writer.
 
Since Q, Joe  took up a position as Editor of the new music blog Abeano, which is founded by XL Recordings – the UK record label that is home to such outstanding artists as Adele, Jack White and Radiohead.

Joe continues to pursue his writing and works as a freelance writer for several music and cultural magazines.




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