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Streamed from TEDxLeicesterSalon

Michael Brome is a prison officer at HMP Leicester with 13 years service.
In this time he has worked in several areas and teams using his calming nature to deal with very challenging situations and individuals, helping people to challenge themselves and overcome obstacles.

Michael Brome is also a spoken word artist, represented by literature organisation Renaissance one, mentor and workshop facilitator based in the East Midlands (Leicester).

He has performed widely – from music and literature festivals to comedy clubs, from cultural venues such as New Arts Exchange to universities, theatres and day centres for senior citizens.

In 2007 he was a contributing artist to the “Freedom Showcase” a spoken word show for the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade cultural series and since then has been invited to do writing commissions for Cultivate, Writing East Midlands, Curve Theatre and many more.

He also went on to win a national competition, the Spoken Word Commission initiated by Baroness Lola Young in collaboration with Renaissance One which resulted in a performance showcase at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

In 2016 he performed at the British Library at a one-day festival of literature, and he was a featured writer in Leicester’s BHM season, including a shared event with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze (Poets On The Verandah) at Hansom Hall.

Michael uses his writing and oratory as a means to inspire young people to make changes to their lives and their prospects, and this has resulted in education projects with HMP Leicester, Phoenix Arts Centre, De-Montfort Hall, Peepul Centre and Nottingham Playhouse. He makes poetry accessible to old and young alike.

“One of the foremost spoken word artists in the East Midlands” writing East Midlands at the Writers Industry Conference.