Hammer & Tongue Solent’s monthly poetry slam showcases some of the BEST Spoken Word in the UK, as well as bringing high-quality, up-and-coming talent to the local stage.
This friendly event is open to anyone who wants a fun night out where verbal dexterity tops the bill. Eight poets sign up for the monthly poetry slam to perform their best work and impress the judges. One wordsmith will win a place in the Regional Finals and a chance to compete in the Hammer & Tongue National Final 2019 at The Royal Albert Hall.
Our April 11th show features an amazing international-level artist, Zena Edwards.
Zena is a poet and musician who writes with enthusiasm and freshness about human frailty and the complexities of 21st Century living. Her work is a “meeting of styles”, blending classic western writing and non-western rhythms with an urban, soulful edge.
Zena has appeared on Sky Arts and BBC Radio 3. Commissioned by the BBC, she has collaborated with poets, musicians and artists from all over the world. She has also regularly performed to audiences all over the UK, including at The Royal Albert Hall.
Zena will be supported by National Team Slam Champion, Tim Ledwitch.
Tim Ledwitch is from Bristol and likes Dinosaurs, board games and referring to himself in the third person. He's a former Bristol Hammer and Tongue slam champion, has performed everywhere from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Royal Albert Hall, and is a member of TASCO, the current National Team Slam champions. He might make you cry. If he does, you owe him a drink. That's a binding contract.
Our monthly poetry slam is an open-to-all poetry competition. Each poet has 3 minutes on the mic (which begins as soon as they start talking) to impress our panel of judges. They will be judged by five, randomly-selected, audience members.
Judges score each poem (not the poet) out of 10. They can score based on its content, its delivery or how the poem made them think and feel. Top and bottom marks are deducted and the poet with the highest overall score gets a place at the Hammer & Tongue Solent Regional Final in December 2018.
So come and enjoy what Hammer & Tongues Solent brings to the stage. Local and national talent sharing their unique style to say what should be said.
Sign up for the slam begins at 7pm. Admission £7.50. Concessions £5. Advanced tickets are available via Eventbrite.