The Art of Dispute is a an inspiring spoken word project that enables young people to explore the theme of human rights, developed by renowned poet and performer Deanna Rodger.
The Art of Dispute is inspired by Lauderdale House’s former resident, the prominent Quaker William Mead. Mead's fight for freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial was instrumental in establishing the right of a jury to deliver, independently, a verdict without fear of reprisal.
Through a series of sessions delivered with professional poets, project participants explore the power of words to respond to issues that are important to them today such as gender, racism, sexuality and education. At the end of the project, participants perform their poems at Lauderdale House to an audience of their peers, connecting with the history of the house whilst practicing their spoken word and performance skills.
This project is currently possible thanks to funding from the Sigrid Rausing Trust.