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Looking for something to do next weekend? Get yourself down to the world’s oldest surviving music hall where poetry slam winners from across the country come together for a day of high-energy, top-quality live poetry.
The event at Wiltons Music Hall kicks off at 14:30 with team slams, featuring teams of poets from across the six Hammer and Tongue regions. It then moves on to the Individual Slam where poets, who have battled through to take prizes in their home towns, come from across the country to try to take this year’s National title. Qualifiers start at 18.00 and the main event begins at 20.00.
Team slams (14.30 – 17.30)
i. Brighton vs Camden vs Oxford
ii. Bristol vs Cambridge vs Hackney
iii. Winner Slam (i) vs Winner Slam (ii)
Individual Slam (18.00-22.30)
Hammer & Tongue Regional Winners (20.00-22.30)
1. Davy Mac (Oxford) Homeless Oratorio Poet & Professional Nomad
2. Mel Jones (Camden) : Filthy words from a clever bird
3. Poet Curious (Hackney): Street poetry for humans on earth
4. Stephen Morrison-Burke (Cambridge): Peeping Tom or just very observant?
5. Steve Duncan (Bristol): Thought-provoking passion about human society
6. Tommy Sissons (Brighton)- Deftly delivered incisive hip hop poetry
Qualifiers (18.00 – 19.30)
7. Brenda Read-Browne – Swindon Literature Festival Slam Champion
8. Dan Duke – Cheltenham UK Allstars Slam Champion
9. David Lee Morgan (Hackney): science, love and revolution
10. Dave Martin (Bang Said The Gun, London) Fudge Loving Old Skool Poetry Dude
11. Jackie O’Hagan (Bang Said the Gun, Manchester): Council-estate Rainbow Brite raised by hecklers
12. Jeremy Toombs (Bristol): Bearded Kentucky beat-blues man got soul
13. Kate Turner (Cambridge): Performer by choice, poet by accident
14. Spliff Richard – Rapid rhyming rambling red-eyed rhetoric
Here is a glimpse at last years event…
LitroTV is especially excited to see our new resident poet Sally Jenkinson representing her home turf of Bristol in a team with another LitroTV friend Anna Freeman, Jon Seagrave and Rebecca Tantony.
Tickets are £15 full price (in advance), £12 concession (in advance) and £16.50 on the door. Buy them here now http://wiltons.org.uk/event.php?p=591
Emma Cooper is editor of Litro's visual arts channel LitroTV. She is a Bedfordshire based writer, passionate about films and books and in particular short stories. You can see more of her writing at www.skewedstories.com and www.readwave.com.