Slam on the Water II, Regents Canal-side, Broadway Market Sat 3rd March 2012
On a sunny but cold day in mid January, we experimented with running a slam from the top of the bookshop barge at Broadway Market, which turned out to be a massive success. Due to popular demand – we’re going to do it again on March 3rd at 2pm. We’re looking for poets to take part and people to come and judge them or just watch and enjoy.
Broadway Market on a Saturday afternoon is a great, social place. There’s loads of people milling around, there’s buskers playing live music and there’s buzz and vibe. However, it is a bit wanky – to put it mildly. People pushing past you to be first in the queue for the artisan bread (£5 a loaf), organic overpriced emperor’s new clothing and so much showing off you can hardly keep from throwing up your trendy German sausage meat. The poetry slam takes advantage of the social setting of the place, but brings people together instead of dividing them into those who know and those who haven’t heard of. As one pleasantly surprised audience member said:
Come and join us from 2pm!