Hammer & Tongue Hackney Slam Final! Tuesday 4th September 2012 @ The Victoria, Dalston
451 Queensbridge Road
After a year of live poetry competitions in Hackney, this season’s winners go head-to-head to determine 2012’s Hackney poetry slam champion.
Born in Berlin, grown up in and around Seattle, for the last thirty years he has been based in London and has travelled all over the northern hemisphere as a street musician (saxophone) and performance poet. He has won a fair few poetry slams including the 2010 Farrago UK Slam Championship, the London Slam Championship and the Soul City Arts I-Slam.
First stepped on the stage in 2011, since then has won poetry slams, appeared on TV for Black History Month in USA, Africa & UK. He has been performing, writing as well as directing his first short film ‘They Killed A Man Last Night’ soon to be released in late October. Currently producing a series of provocative visuals for his poetic catalogue set to dissect psyches and open claustrophobic minds to wider conversation. He will be remembered like a lovers touch of memories.
Stephanie Dogfoot’s writing has been described as “poetry for spiritual beings on a human journey.” Born and raised in Singapore, she has lived in London since 2009. She wrote her first poem when she was 6, performed her first poems at the Vancouver Poetry Slam at 20 and won the Singapore Poetry Slam 2010 on her 22nd birthday. She recently wrote a solo spoken word show about moving to London called Foreigner Go Home (With Me) which premiered at the Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival 2012. She is inspired by the absurdity of everyday life, things that make her angry, being absurdly angry and laughing about it all. She sees meaning and poems in everything from gerbils to elbows to her sister’s obsession with horses.
Richard Purnell is a writer, performer and commuter. His two-man poetry show, The Long and the Short of It, with Gary From Leeds, is at the Edinburgh Fringe this August. He is also the host of The Bus Driver’s Prayer, a monthly night of music and spoken word at Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, Hackney. Richard’s interests include buses, gangsta rap and writing about himself in the third person.
www.richardpurnell.wordpress.com Twitter: @richardpurnell
“I’ve been on this spoken word poetry malarkey for over a year now, riding this wave and seeing where it will take me. Hip hop taught me how to write lyrics but I taught myself how to perform poetry!”
June curious – street talking, political point-maker
Another poet whose education was hip-hop, curious has been smashing poetry slams since he started doing them in 2010. A semi-finalist in last year’s national slam, he is a poet of deep intelligence, great wit, engaging stage presence with a love for the message and an innovator of form, taking and merging the classics of both rap and poetry and making them his own.
Anthony Hett won the slam in July but is sadly (for us!) unable to attend the final in September.
The show will be hosted by Angry Sam, and Raymond Antrobus
LET BATTLE COMMENCE!