Jordan Stephens is a writer and performer best known for being one half of pop duo Rizzle Kicks. He is also a member of the Amnesty Collective. Here he explains what inspires him to write and shares his top tip for creating poetry and spoken word.

Watch BBC Radio 1Xtras The Poets Will Be Heard to hear other poets explain why they write. 

Try other ways to start writing:

  • Pick your topic. Identify one word for that topic. Challenge yourself to write non-stop for three minutes starting with the one word you have chosen. Write non-stop and write the first thing that comes into your head. Don’t worry about structure, rhyme, spelling or grammar. Afterwards read through your writing, are there any words or phrases you could use to start your writing? 
  • Pick your topic. Write down negative word or phrases that make you feel angry and frustrated about that topic. Write down positive words that make you feel proud and hopeful about that topic. Select four negative words and four positive words to use as a basis for a poem about change.  

Challenge yourself to Make a Difference in a Minute by writing a poem that you can perform in one minute or less. You can submit your written poem or audio/video performance. A selection will be shown on our website. 

You can also watch top poets Yrsa Daley-Ward, Patrick Cash, Sarah Crossan, Amy León, Inja, Deanna Rodger and Bethany Rose take on the Amnesty International Make a Difference in a Minute challenge on a variety of human rights themes.