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August 2015

Hammer & Tongue at Edinburgh Fringe!

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Hammer & Tongue comes to the Edinburgh Fringe for 2015!

Saturday 8 to Sunday 30 August 2015, 9:50pm at The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street

Open poetry slam competition – your chance to wow the five randomly-chosen judges with 3 minutes of spoken word (no props, no musical instruments), with different guest hosts and guest artists nightly.

First come first served on the night, or reserve a slot by emailing admin (at) hammerandtongue (dot) com

Slam winners qualify for the National Final in The Albert Hall, 9-10 January 2016!

With special guests: Simon Munnery, Luke Wright, Steve Larkin, David Lee Morgan, The Anti Poet, Gary From Leeds, Sophia Walker, John Osborne, Tina Sederholm, Neil Spokes, Monkey Poet, Harry Baker, Fay Roberts, Penny Ashton, Matthew Harvey, Thick Richard, Rob Auton, Lucy Ayrton, A F Harrold, Elvis McGonagall and more to be confirmed.

Facebook event here:


Bristol Hammer & Tongue moves to The Big Chill Bar


Cambridge Hammer & Tongue moves to Cambridge Junction


Hackney Hammer & Tongue moves to The Book Club


Bristol:  From April Bristol Hammer & Tongue will take place at The Big Chill Bar 15 Small Street BS1 1DE after a great “one-off” there in March

Cambridge:  From 6th March we are pleased to announce that the new home for Hammer & Tongue Cambridge will be Cambridge Junction (Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX
01223 511511).  The event will take place on the first Friday of every month, please contact Fay email hidden; JavaScript is required for more details or look to the Cambridge page.

Hackney:  As of February the new venue for Hammer & Tongue Hackney is The Book Club in Shoreditch (100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH).  We look forward to many a great night on the first Tuesday of every month.  Contact Sam email hidden; JavaScript is required for more details or look to the Hackney page.

Bristol Hammer & Tongue is hopping over the road to The Big Chill in March for one month only and will be back in The Bird Cage from April.



Individual Winners:

Vanessa Kisuule and Layla Josephine

(who tied in the final)

Team Winners:

Hammer & Tongue Hackney
(Sam Berkson, Paula Varjack, and Amy McCallister)


Hammer & Tongue National Final 2012

Adam Kammerling National Champion 2012



June Special Guest

Sally Jenkinson

Image of Sally Jenkinson

Tue 2nd Jun – The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH
Wed 3rd Jun – The Big Chill Bar, Bristol
Thu 4th Jun – Komedia, Brighton
Fri 5th Jun – Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX
Mon 8th Jun – Green Note, Camden
Tue 9th Jun – The Old Fire Station, Oxford

Sally Jenkinson has performed at festivals all over Britain such as Womad, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree, Boomtown, Shambala, Sunrise, Cheltenham Poetry Festival and Bristol Poetry Festival. She ran Hammer & Tongue Bristol for a few years, and Poetry Pulpit with Liz Greenfield. She also runs spoken word / music / live art extravaganza Phantom Laundry at The Attic in Bristol, which features people like Howard Marks, Kate Tempest and Dizraeli. She also works with the Wandering Word collective, who run spoken word stages at festivals around the country.

To find out more, visit


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