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Hammer & Tongue National Slam Final 2013 @ Wilton’s Music Hall, Sat 8th June. 2:30-10:30pm

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This year’s slam final promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Winners and runners-up from across the Hammer & Tongue regions will be joined by slam winners from Cheltenham UK All Stars, Swindon Literature Festival and Bang Said the Gun in London and in Manchester to create as comprehensive as possible National Poetry Slam.

The venue is once again, Wilton’s Music Hall – the world’s oldest surviving music hall, home to cabaret, musicals and music hall and now slam poetry. Highlights from last year’s event, curtesy of Rob Blake:

Tickets are £15/12 in advance or £16.50 on the door. Last year it was sold out and people were turned away, so book them online asap! Tickets get you entry for the whole day so you can come and go as you please

2:30 – 5:30 Team Slam


Rosy Carrick – Candid, eccentric, acidic, witty bullshitter.Rosy Carrick

Mike Parker – Big, booming, brethrenblessing wildwonderman MJPmike parker

Chris Parkinson – Compulsive poetical agitator & genius fishermanchris parkinson

Spliff Richard – Rapid rhyming rambling red-eyed rhetoricspliff richard


rebecca tantonyRebecca Tantony – Beautiful, life-affirming, iridescent, cheeky poems

sally jenkinsonSally Jenkinson – Cider, boys, elephants, trains and northern skies

Anna FreemanAnna Freeman – Funny, with a spine of genuine pain and humiliation

jonny fluffypunkJonny Fluffy Punk – Stand-up poet. Give-up guitarist. Sustainable Nihilist


Fay Roberts: “Poet by night, projector by day.”Fay Roberts

Hollie McNish: “Hollie likes poems to rhyme. Sorry.”HollieMcNish

Leanne Moden: “Writer, poet, and troublemaker.”Leanne Moden

Patrick Widdess: “Cambridge’s premier poetical polymath”Patrick W


michelle madsenMichelle Madsen: Bittersweet H&T Camden doyenne, haiku enthusiast

mattcummins-htpicMatt Cummins: Not bad at penning self-deprecating poems

curiousPoetcurious: Street poetry for humans on earth

sophia walkerSophia Walker: diminutive yank firebrand


Angry Sam: The loveable poet thugAngry Sam

MC Angel: love for mics, love for lifeMC Angel

Paula Varjack: Always *back* somewherePaula Varjack

Raymond Antrobus: poet and photographer, Hackney born and bredRaymond Antrobus


Tina SederholmTina Sederholm: oddly endearing satirical cakeaholic

Paul AskewPaul Askew:   I’m a man who writes poems.

kateWaltonKate Walton – Let me tell you a story

Steve LarkinSteve Larkin – H&T founder – the “spoken word guru”

Individual Slam Qualifier 6-7.30pm

Brenda Read-Browne (Swindon Literature Festival): Defying demographics
Dan Duke – (Cheltenham UK Allstars): pop-political poet
David Lee Morgan (Hackney): science, love and revolution
Dave Martin (Bang Said The Gun, London) Fudge Loving Old Skool Poetry Dude
Jackie O’Hagan (Bang Said the Gun, Manchester): Council-estate Rainbow Brite raised by hecklers
Jeremy Toombs (Bristol): Bearded Kentucky beat-blues man got soul
Kate Turner (Cambridge): Performer by choice, poet by accident.
Spliff Richard (Brighton) – Rapid rhyming rambling red-eyed rhetoric

Individual Slam Final Competition 8-10.30pm

Davy Mac (Oxford): Homeless Oratorio Poet & Professional Nomad
Mel Jones (Camden) : Filthy words from a clever bird
Poet Curious (Hackney): Street poetry for humans on earth
Stephen Morrison-Burke (Cambridge): Peeping Tom or just very observant?
Steve Duncan (Bristol): Thought-provoking passion about human society
Tommy Sissons (Brighton)- Deftly delivered incisive hip hop poetry
Richard Frost (Oxford) – brilliant Barnsley bard
+4 from Qualifiers.

Written by angrysampoetry

June 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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  1. […] a week to go to the Hammer & Tongue national poetry slam final, I thought I’d put some thoughts together about why we have slams and what I think makes good […]

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