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Hammer & Tongue Hackney, November 5th 2013

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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:

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October 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Why slams and what makes good slam poetry?

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With 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 poetry.The snob-prot-poet, T.S.Eliot

The job of the critic, said T. S. Eliot, is “the elucidation of texts and the correction of tastes.” You might not like the sound of the latter phrase, but let’s follow its implications more carefully; elucidate it, if you will. Now, if you believe that all experience of art is subjective (i.e. there is no such thing as good and bad art, just what different people like) then ‘correcting tastes’ might seem a pointless, even elitist task. And so it is if only a predestined elect get the job of taste-correction. Indeed this may be what snobbish, protestant Eliot would have wanted. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 2, 2013 at 10:59 am

Rap vs Poetry @ Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch, Friday 17th August 2012

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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

Doors 8pm. Tickets only £4 in advance if you get them online here.

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.

Mediating all this will be Dizraeli, MC with The Small Gods and a 2 time winner of UK Poetry Slam Contests.

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)

Con Sensus


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Wilderness Festival 10th-12th August 2012

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I will be performing with the Hammer & Tongue crew at Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire.

Shows at:

Friday 10th: Secret Forum, 22:50-23:30

Saturday 11th: Bandstand, 16:00-17:00

Sunday 12th: Secret Forum, 20:20-21:50

The festival is about “Pastoral Glamour” apparently, so shepherdesses in their best dresses? For £42.50 you can buy a ‘banquet’ meal cooked by celebrity chefs. It’s real wildnerness, man.

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August 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Hammer & Tongue National Slam Final

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Overview of the evening’s event at the 2012 H&T National Final at Wilton’s Music Hall

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April 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Hammer & Tongue National Final 31st March 2012, Wilton’s Music Hall

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Across the 6 regions of Hammer & Tongue, open mic contestants have convinced the people of their area to make them regional champions. Now on the 31st March at the beautiful Wilton’s Music Hall, Grace’s Alley, off Cable Street, not far from Tower Bridge, comes the chance for an inter-city, national poetry competition to be judged by randomly selected members of the audience, in a full day of what promises to be top quality, exciting spoken word. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

Hammer and Tongue Camden, Mon 9th Jan 2012

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Co-Hosting Hammer and Tongue in Camden with Michelle Madsen on Monday 9th Jan. The Green Note Cafe, 106 Parkway, NW1 7AN Read the rest of this entry »

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January 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

Hammer and Tongue Hackney Tuesday January 3rd

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Kicking off the new year in some style, Hammer & Tongue hosts two Hackney born poets on the first Tuesday in 2012. The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston. E8 3AS 7-11pm Read the rest of this entry »

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January 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Hammer and Tongue, Monday December 5th 2011

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December in Hackney is going to move temporarily back to a Monday with an all-star line-up that will be a challenge to improve on in 2012 (although we will try): Kate Tempest and Dizraeli at The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston. E8 3AS with open mic slam.

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November 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm