Tue 2nd Oct Hackney – Book Club
Wed 3rd Oct Bristol – The Loco Klub
Thu 4th Oct Brighton – Komedia
Fri 6th Oct Cambridge – Junction
Tue 9th Oct Oxford – Old Fire Station
Wed 10th Oct Southampton – Art House
Thu 11th Oct Cheltenham – Bottle of Sauce (tbc)
|Simon Munnery + support + slam|
One of the most popular guests we have had at Hammer & Tongue, Simon has risen to the top in the world of comedy, with heavy weights such as Stewart Lee citing him as one of the all time greats. Those that have followed his work more closely will be aware of his remarkable skill with language, his penchant for peculiar poetry, his boundary free approach to live performance, and his gargantuan range of subject matters from the works of existentialist chain smoking Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard to the particulars of self invented pump-action plumbing tent heating devices. Sound too dry or challenging? It ain’t! Simon is one of the most charming accessible performers that you’ll be lucky enough to find bouncing around performance genres. A tidy little thinker, we’re excited and grateful that he’s bouncing his vibrant self around our network again. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, get thee to a Munnery gig!
‘the closest comedy gets to being modern art’ Kate Capstick (The Scotsman) *****
Open Poetry Slam
+ Guest Artists
All our shows involve a headline slot from the touring artist, support from other established and up and coming artists and an open poetry slam that qualifies towards the National Slam Final. Want to know more about slam? See the video below.
As well as our regular year-round programmes in Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Hackney, Oxford, and Southampton (see links to regional pages above for gig details and ticket links) we also run large one-off slam qualifiers at festivals and special events. The next such event is:
The Cheltenham All Stars Slam
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. Usually first weekend of January at the Royal Albert Hall.
The current national champion is:
Team Slam Champions:
Hammer & Tongue Bristol
Thu Nov 1st Brighton – Komedia
Tue Nov 6th Hackney – Book Club
Wed 7th Nov Bristol – The Loco Klub
Fri 9th Nov Cambridge – Junction
Tue 13th Nov Oxford – Old Fire Station
Wed 14th May Southampton – Art House
Toby Campion + guests + slam
Toby Campion is an award winning British poet and playwright, born and raised in the Midlands. Toby Campion is an habitual poetry champion. He won the Farrago UK Slam, was recipient of the Silver Wyvern Award, and took First Place in the Poetry on the Lake Prizes 2017, awarded by Carol Ann Duffy. Toby was one of the first resident poets of the River Thames. His poetry has been featured on national networks such as BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 and ITV and has been selected to represent the UK at numerous international conferences and events including Capturing Fire: International Queer Poetry Summit, the 18th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, the Paris Poetry World Cup and Next Generation Speaks.
“Toby Campion’s poetry is smart, witty and brilliantly delivered” – Jonathan Ross
“The voice of a generation” – BBC Sunday Politics
“Intelligent, forthright and at every turn hilarious” – The Speakers Corner
A typically atypical slam performance:
Previous National Slam Champion Solomon OB