I’ll be competing in Heat 5 of Year 5 of Manchester based slam Word War. Winner gets £20 and a place in the final. Everyone gets a good night out.
It’s Back: The poetry slam where the worst poet wins! Originated by Paula Varjack, the Anti Slam gives great poets the chance to misbehave. I’m delighted to be hosting Sheffield’s 5th Anti Slam, At Shakespeare’s Pub, Gibraltar St, Sheffield. Judged by Henry Raby and Kate Garrett.
I’ll be competing against some of the most entertaining poets in the North of England! It’s not often Sheffield feels like the south, but Newcastle always makes me feel like my Northernness is inadequate.
Wish me luck!
(edit: I came an honourable second to the fabulous Joy France!)
Thanks to Apples and Snakes, I’ll be taking part in a fabulous ‘pecha kucha’ cabaret, combining poetry, performance, lecture and projections.
It’s an interesting thing to be taking part in such a specifically “women’s” thing. I will be representing Sheffield feminist collective Verse Matters, and I’m the only non-woman on the bill. This may be why I’ve basically chosen to perform in drag! I’ll be an “old maid” called Mary, attempting to teach sex education to a rowdy crowd of teenage girls. I’ll be joining Sarah Crutwell, Tracey Scott-Townsend, Charley Reay and headliner Megan Beech.
TS18 1LL Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
A queer selection of the NeurodiVerse team of poets will be reuniting to perform poetry from an autistic perspective. This time it’s me, FR Kesby and Crake Dakini talking anxiety, social awkwardness, gender and the joy of special interests!
Chapel FM Arts Centre
I’ll be staying in West Yorkshire to take part in a late night showcase of Yorkshire Poets curated by the outrageously talented Rose Condo! It promises to be a really fun night. Make sure to check out all the other amazing events on in Huddersfield is month.
9pm Northern Quarter
28 – 30 Wood Street
26th April: Great Northern Slam (SOLD OUT)
I love a good slam, me. The Great Northern Slam is one of my favourites because uniquely (at least in my experience) the winner is selected not by a panel of judges but by audience vote. In addition to that the poets compete head to head until all but one is eliminated. I’ve been lucky enough to be selected to compete again this year, and I can’t wait. Last year I was knocked out in round two, conceding to a worthy ultimate winner Kieren King. Hoping to get further this year but, as always, the point is the poetry, not the points!
Newcastle upon Tyne