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“Stephen: (He taps his brow) But in here it is I must kill the priest and the king.” – Ulysses, James Joyce
1. On this 5th November at the Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3AS, we are preparing a night of poetic fireworks in solidarity with regicides everywhere. So from 8pm, we have two talented spoken word artists for you:
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 http://wiltons.org.uk/event.php?p=591 Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
As part of a 1extra documentary, Hammer & Tongue and Fat Gold Chain have collaborated to produce an event we are calling:
Rap vs Poetry
@Bedroom Bar, 68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3AY
The concept is that a team of poets will face off against a team of rappers. Everyone will be expected to show something of their own artform, to try out the other art form and to write something on the night or to freestyle something that cusses off the other side.
We hope that it will give a chance for people to see where the two scenes are at right now by holding them up to direct comparison and think about how similar / different / better / worse they are. Perhaps it might even introduce people to a genre or genres they don’t know much about.
1. Angry Sam (me)
2. curious – sharp tongued, funny, intelligent, political MC-turned-poet
3. Kat Francois – amazing performer, poet, playwright and former world slam poetry champion.
4. Keith Jarrett – very clever, politically sharp poet also with a history of winning big slam titles.
5. Stephanie Dogfoot – distinctive young poet with a trademark method of autobiographical poems that subtly tell universal stories.
MCs (who will have to introduce themselves)
The good people at Influx Press, publishers of ‘site-specific fiction’, will be at Houseman’s bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX on Wednesday 15th August. There will be a talk about some of the issues dealt with in the book ‘Acquired for Development By’, which is an anthology of writings around Hackney. 5 of the 25 contributers from the book, including me, will be reading their work and discussing any topics that arise.
I will be performing with the Hammer & Tongue crew at Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire.
Friday 10th: Secret Forum, 22:50-23:30
Saturday 11th: Bandstand, 16:00-17:00
Sunday 12th: Secret Forum, 20:20-21:50