Talking about our new poetry competition, Mark tells us about how writing has helped him in the past, and why Pandemic Poetry is the perfect opportunity for young poets.
Mark is a man of many talents, starting as an English teacher, he eventually took a leap and started a career writing poetry, stories, and even winning rap battles! He's amassed over 40 million views on his work so knows all about the power words can have.
"Over the pandemic, I've been trying to write poems which are more positive to have a better impact on those around me", Mark told us. We've all learned lessons over the last year, one of which Mark believes is seeing how much our words can affect other people, "people really need a chance to feel connected to each other and to feel lifted".
Pandemic Poetry - Futures of Hope aims to connect poets across the UK by allowing them to see their words among many others with similar feelings. Sharing these words shows people that nobody is alone. By using creative outlets for the better, we can all have a positive impact on those around us, and Mark says, "if you're ever going to write something, nows the time to do it!"
Pandemic Poetry - Futures of Hope is open to poets aged between 5 to 18 and has no line or form constraints. Find out more about the competition here and send us your entry to make a positive difference!
Watch our full interview with Mark Grist below.