Sunday, October 10, 2010

LONDON: Hammer & Tongue Open Poetry Slam

Monday, October 11th, 2010, 7.30pm-11pm, £5
Green Note Cafe,
106 Parkway

The Hammer & Tongue Open Poetry Slam is back! After three months running around the country as an itinerant festival troupe, we are back in London for the autumn and have harvested the very best of 2010's poetry crop for your literary delectation.

BEN MELLOR - "pure undiluted talent" Lemn Sissay
Tipped as one of the most entertaning and engaging new voices in the UK by the guys at Phrazed and Confused Radio 4 slam winner Ben won the 2005 Embryo Award for Best Poetry at Studio Salford, and in September 2006 was the joint winner (with Rob Gee) of the Lit Up Festival slam. He has spent a six month residency at Contact Theatre, and also performs hip-hop music with a group called Freestyle Mondays. He's just come back from doing a run in Edinburgh with Steve Larkin and Pete the Temp and is generally rather brilliant. Ben is in fact going to performing at a gig for Radio 4's Bespoken Word tonight at the Montos Water Rats on Greys Inn Road and it's completely free, so if you want a taster, pop along and check him out!

KAREN HAYLEY - "refreshingly different from everything else around"
Actress, comedienne, poet and presenter, Karen Hayley is a rare talent and will be showcasing some lovely new material with us. Karen's TV appearances include the BAFTA Award Winning Sketch Shows "THE ARMSTRONG & MILLER SHOW", "BO SELECTA", MTV's "ILSQ" WITH RUSSELL BRAND", and current affairs comedy shows for Objective and Hat Trick Productions and she won an award for her 6 years of presenting on MTV UK. She's also performed a love poem to a door to the music from Brief Encounter which was, frankly, unforgettable.

It's a fiver on the door to get in, which pays the poets! If you are slamming you get in for free, but please do turn up early (about 7.15pm) if you want to ensure that you get in. First 8 to sign up on the door slam.Winner goes on to compete in the national final in November... so this is your last opportunity to vie for a place in the final.. competing against the best slammers from across the rest of the UK.

Hammer & Tongue is now hosting slams in 5 cities across the UK: Oxford, Brighton, London, Cambridge and Bristol....check us out at,!/group.php?gid=6460017271&ref=ts and on twitter...

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