Talk Sense

The Birth of “Talk Sense”

Talk Sense is community outreach programme that was borne out of a collaboration between the 2 Cents Movement (Trinidad) and Barbados’ own Talk Hard and Frenetic Arts. The aim of the programme is to teach youth how to use the spoken word art form to discuss current social issues.The initial stages of the programme saw the education of the would-be facilitators in a 2-day intensive workshop. This theme under discussion was Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

Programme Overview

Upon completion of training, the Talk Sense programme was pitched to five of the island’s secondary schools. Talk Sense took the form of a 5-week long workshop where students undertook exercises in the art of writing and performance, and participated in guided discussions on the topic of gender-based violence for one to two hours each week. At the end of this programme, students were expected to produce a piece of their own on the topic.

Interested in the programme?

If you are thinking about having the Talk Sense programme at your school or community centre, or you have any questions about it, don’t hesitate to send us an email at

At the end of the Harrison College leg of the Talk Sense programme, the students performed their pieces at the UN Women's official launch of the 16 Days of Activism, held at the Barbados Museum.