Steven Camden (Polarbear) is one of the most respected spoken word artists in the UK.
Regularly performing his work internationally since 2007, Camden has graced stages from Kuala Lumpur to California via Glastonbury and The Royal Shakespeare Company. His work has featured extensively on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6.
A published author, Steven has written two Young Adult novels for HarperCollins, Tape and It's About Love.
Steven has workshops for companies and writers and also performs in schools, I would recommend any teacher to try and find the budget to get him in. Young Peoples mental health is a growing issue and giving children a route to express themselves is really important. Polarbear is able to tap into those feelings and using his experience could also help kids to do the same.
It's not often you find yourself choking back a tear whilst sitting on a bus, I was caught unaware by a poem performed by Polarbear which I always called Compton (but since learnt it's real title is Music is my Medicine).
It might just be because it resonated with things from my past but I found it incredibly moving and still get emotional listening to it now.
One Track Minds
Everyone has a story about the song that changed their lives. One Track Minds invites a handful of guests to get on stage and talk about that song, hear from scientists, actors, musicians and creatives about that song, what and what to means to them.
One Track Mind's website
Wilton's Music Hall
Keep an eye on the website, the performances happen in short bursts throughout the year, but you can download the podcasts to listen whenever.
We all have songs that take us back to a place and time or even a person in time. I know whenever I hear Get Here by Oleta Adams an old flame comes to mind.
Songs have the ability to transfer you to a different place and hearing others tell these tales is sometimes heartbreaking sometimes humorous but alway heartwarming.
One Track Minds allows a window into someone else life but also makes you look into your own window to consider what songs move you and why.
You should also go just to experience Wilton's Music Hall - one of the greatest venues in London.