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Kizzy Wade

Level 3 Media

Kizzy is currently studying a Level 3 Media course at Selby College.

At only 16 years old, Kizzy is a keen poet and spoken word activist, who is keen to address the issues important to her generation through her writing. She found her love for poetry by accident after joining a poetry session on zoom by accident during the first national lockdown. Since then, she has never looked back and has already made great stride in the industry.

In 2020, Kizzy won a TrinityTalent Bronze Arts Award for her achievements with spoken word. TrinityTalent celebrates talented young people achieving Trinity’s music, drama and Arts Award qualifications in the UK. She also completed her Arts Award with Collective Encounters, where she focused on writing poetry and delivering poetry workshops.

It was completing her Arts Award which gave her the skills to put across her opinions on important issues with clarity through my poetry. This has helped Kizzy transform her art from a fun hobby into a vehicle for social change. This also drove Kizzy to form the Radical Curriculum Fellowship (RCF), which is an activist collective that strives to create a curriculum for young activists, delivered by young activists.

Kizzy has also spent her summer break from college at the National Youth Theatre (NYT), which is a world-leading youth arts organisation. Following a successful interview process where she had to recall poetry characters and recite monologue, Kizzy was awarded one of 270 places on the course -providing her with a platform to explore and expand her passion for poetry.

Beyond poetry, Kizzy spends her time playing Powerchair Football and is currently taking part in the Football Association’s Rising Stars regional talent pathway. She is now a part of the England Under 16’s Squad and plays for her local team, Leeds Powerchair FC. Whilst Kizzy really enjoys playing at a regional level for England, she is currently awaiting to hear if she has made it on to their national pathway scheme.

Kizzy's Achievements

In the short time she has been involved in the poetry industry, Kizzy has already made a significant contribution. Not one to shy away from addressing difficult topics with her writing, Kizzy enjoys being able to explore current issues that her generation is facing, as well as her own thoughts and experiences to create words which will resonate with people or make them think. Kizzy has published a number of poems focusing on issues such as disability, mental health and challenges people face in society, which have helped to help to change the attitudes and outlooks of many of Kizzy’s followers when it comes to disability and mental health.

Kizzy has also contributed to a number of books to raise money for charity initiatives such as Guide Dogs and the House of Bread (HOB), an organisation which supports vulnerable and homeless people.

She recently held her own poetry ‘Kizzy Talks’ in aid of A Smile for a Child, which provides funds for disabled children to purchase sports equipment or whatever a child needs to participate in their sport. The charity is very close to Kizzy’s heart and have previously helped raise funds for Kizzy to purchase a X8 All Terrain Wheelchair and a Sit Ski, which have both made a massive and positive impact on her life.