Main Home News etc

May Special Guest

Mark Gwynne Jones

Mark Gwynne Jones (c) Phil Richards

Fri 1st May – Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX
Tue 5th May – The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH
Wed 6th May – The Big Chill, Bristol
Thu 7th May – Komedia, Brighton
Mon 11th May – Green Note, Camden
Tue 12th May – The Old Fire Station, Oxford

Five times fringe award winner Mark Gwynne Jones is well known for mind-altering poetry with an almost music hall edge. A skilful mix of humour and poignancy that has made him a favourite of BBC Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret and Radio 3’s Late Junction. As resident poet in four of London’s parks, Mark explored what is meant by ‘common ground’ in 21st Century Britain. And, on the theme of poetry and place, in 2012, Mark and his band Psychicbread were commissioned to write and record a new collection of poems for his native Peak District, Lyric in Limestone.
To find out more, visit


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


Salena Saliva – A Strong and Stiffly Worded Letter

Oxford Team Champions 2013