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"art is meant to make you feel something"

"art is meant to make you feel something"
Written by Rebecca Mbuyi / Leeds Young Authors  07/06/2016
Rebecca is a part of the team from Leeds Young Authors (LYA) that is preparing to represent Leeds in July at the Brave New Voices (BNV) International Youth Poetry Festival in Washington DC.
“I write to live another life
To express the passion my heart holds dear
To give ‘the voices’ in my head a voice for others to hear
I write to abuse the freedom of the classic pen and paper combo
I write because every page and chapter in my book means something"
My name is Rebecca Mbuyi and I am 17 years old. Personally, I have always struggled with articulating my thoughts and opinions, but have always somehow found a way to express them on paper (either through poems, letters, song writing or diary entries), so writing has always been personal to me. 
Life inspires me to write. The things I experience, lessons I learn in life and ultimately the way these experiences make me feel make up a lot of the content of my writing. Feelings or emotions are the basic driver of my poetry, and they are an important element in spoken word and slam poetry. Spoken word and slam poetry are essentially art, and art is meant to make you feel something. My theory is that if there is no feeling behind something – in this case a poem – then it is pointless. 
As a young individual I believe the opportunity to compete at the BVN International Youth Poetry Slam Festival would not only give me more insight on spoken word and slam poetry, but it would also be an opportunity to celebrate an art form that I can personally relate to and feel passionate about. I believe this experience would better me as a writer and a performer, because I would undergo the training that would enable me to write and to slam better. It would be a blessing to experience BNV in the United States, as it would be a chance to experience slam in a different city with a different vibe and with different people. 
Leeds Young Authors are seeking to raise £6,000 to cover registration, flights, accommodation and meals. They have set up a Gofundme site that you can donate to
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