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March special guest

Usaama Minhas

Thu 1st Mar Brighton – Komedia
Fri 2nd Mar Cambridge – Junction
Tue 6th Mar Hackney – Book Club
Wed 7th Mar Bristol – Smoke & Mirrors
Tue 13th Mar Oxford – Old Fire Station
Wed 14th Mar Southampton – Art House

Usaama was crowned National Champion at the Royal Albert Hall in January.
Usaama is a force of nature, a brilliantly skillful orator, and a linguistic craftsman who elates and excites audiences with his unique spoken word style developed either side of the Atlantic.
A measured, intelligent commentator, Usaama began performing in New York at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Pyramid Club. On moving to London he made inroads into the hip hop world winning the ‘Britain’s Got Bars’ Rap Battle Tournament at The O2. He was listed for the Outspoken Prize For Poetry 2017 before ending up top of the pile at the biggest slam competition in the UK at the start of 2018.
Honest, accessible, warm, and thought-provoking, Usaama is a great performer who’s words will echo rhythmically in your ears for some time to come.
A genuine must see.




The National Slam Final

The Hammer & Tongue National Slam Final is a two-day extravaganza of spoken word.  An array of special guest artists inter-disperse a programme which sees champions from Hammer & Tongue’s own slams and winners of other significant slams compete to take the national title.
Breath-taking diversity of styles and great quality are served up at the finals to the credit of the large and for ever growing friendly community of skillful artists who consistently stun the audience.
One of the most important events in the live literature calendar.

And the winner is:

Usaama Minhas

Team Slam Champions:

Hammer & Tongue Bristol

Golden Hammer Awards:

Jonny Fluffy Punk
Pete the Temp

February Special Guest

Elvis McGonagall

Thu 1st Feb Brighton – Komedia
Fri 2nd Feb Cambridge – Junction
Tue 6th Feb Hackney – Book Club
Wed 7th Bristol – Smoke & Mirrors
Tue 13th Oxford – Old Fire Station
Wed 14th Southampton – Art House  
Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking Scotch, listening to Johnny Cash and throwing heavy objects at his portable telly.


Two series of his sitcom “Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side” have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 where he appears regularly as well as popping up occasionally on the television.


Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion


“….righteous ire, directed at very deserving targets….McGonagall’s verses are shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power” (Brian Logan, The Guardian)


“….funny, angry and tightly written….McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke….If the word ‘poetry’ is putting you off, get over it”

(Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman)


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A typically atypical slam performance:

Previous National Slam Champion Solomon OB