Change the Word

Share Stories, Share Food, Share Spaces

Change the Word is a storytelling, poetry and performance collective open to all. Our first Change the Word Collective is based in Coventry, and we are delighted to be starting a new project in Sheffield. We’re inviting everyone in the city to get involved!

Join us for our free Welcome Meal at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on Monday 14th October and find out more.


“I AM”

the premiere poetry film from Change the Word Coventry

Change the word

a poetry anthology


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Change the Word develops the craft of new poets from around the world - some who have recently arrived in a city, some born and bred there. The group work collectively and individually to express themselves, to share their stories and to share ideas with each other and with the world.

Guided by professional writers and theatre practitioners, the collective build towards a Hope Show performance in the Good Chance dome, publish their work in a professional anthology and create a multi-voiced poetry film.

Drawing on wide-ranging cultural heritages, reflections on the city and their wild imaginations, these upcoming artists showcase stories and poetry in a bold interweaving of powerful new voices. Through their words, we see each city we work in through fresh eyes and tell its stories in a way they’ve never been told before.

Change the Word premiered in Coventry as part of Good Chance’s Dome in a Day, a day-long arts extravaganza in the city.

The next Change the Word takes place in Sheffield this autumn - join us to be part of the collective and part of the Good Chance family.


“We are one big family now. Everyone has written from their real-life experiences. That really helps you feel connected… Here you can open up about your feelings without any judgment… I am incredibly proud of myself and this is the first time I have felt proud in a long time.”
— Tanisha, Change The Word Coventry
With nimble fingers
we build connections that change
our town and our world.
— Ian, Change The Word Coventry
“This has been a reminder that I have an imagination, that I had blocked off for a while, and today now I have it back.”
— Amaara, Change The Word Coventry
I come from Ivory Coast.
I am made of rhythm and sound.

I like to be friendly.
I remember when I move
from Ivory Coast to Italy,
was a shock. For one month
I cried every day.

I am in Coventry in Bell Green
neighbourhood near to park.
I can see the people walk in the park.
I can hear the dogs howl in the park.
I can smell the perfume of plants
and herbs of the park.
I can taste the fruits of the park.
I can feel the land of the birds.
— Landry, Change the Word Coventry