Monday, June 27, 2011

SLAMbassadors UK

Now in its tenth year, SLAMbassadors UK continues to seek out the most inspirational
young performance poets from around the UK. Any young person aged 12-18 who wants
to speak, rap, rant, chime or rhyme around the theme of ‘Identity’ can enter. The deadline for entries is Friday 9 December 2011.

Look out for workshops and filming in London, Manchester, Yorkshire, Liverpool, Leicester, and Scotland. A team of established performance poets and rappers will go into schools, youth clubs and theatres to find those voices that express what it means to be a young person in Britain today. Young people can also enter independently by emailing their films to the Poetry Society.

Poets taking to the road this year include leading spoken word artists Joelle Taylor (co-ordinator of SLAMbassadors UK), Nikki Blaze, Khadijah Ibrahim and Beyonder. Alongside these are former SLAMbassdors UK winners Chris Preddie, PACE, Louise Hill and Kayo Chingonyi all of whom, since winning SLAMbassadors UK, have gone on to become big names on the performance poetry circuit.

How to enter: any young person aged 12-18 can enter – they do not need to belong to a school or to have taken part in one of the free workshops. Simply write a poem or rap around the theme of ‘Identity’, film yourself performing the poem, register your entry online and send the video to the Poetry Society.
Full details and entry forms are available at

All the videos published on the Poetry Society website will be judged by Joelle
Taylor and a high profile guest poet who will be announced later in the year.

For further information
Telephone Lisa Roberts on 020 7420 9895
or Alan Ward on 020 7420 9886

The Poetry Society,
22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX
Tel: 020 7420 9880 Fax: 020 7240 4818
The Poetry Society is grateful to the following for their support of SLAMbassadors UK: North Somerset Council, Tower Hamlets
Schools Library Service, Buckinghamshire County Council, Glastonbury Festival and Pop Up Festival of Stories.

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