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Open Poetry Slams + Guest Artists Tours + The National Slam Final
 ** ANNOUNCEMENT  ** The next National Slam Final will be held at The Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall on the 1st and 2nd of June 2019 – more details to follow.

February Guest  –  Desree


Fri 1st Feb Cambridge – Junction
Tue 5th Feb Hackney – Book Club
Wed 6th Feb Bristol – The Loco Klub
Thu 7th Feb Brighton – Komedia
Tue 12th Feb Oxford – Old Fire Station
Wed 13th Feb Southampton – Art House


* all shows with support acts and an open poetry slam (start times / sign up between 7:30/7:45)
Desree powered her way past the field at last year’s National Slam Final at the Royal Albert Hall. Having qualified through a one heat slam at Edinburgh Fringe, she joined the competition at the start of day one and became the big hit of the weekend with her accessible, incisive, well crafted direct address pieces, winning heat after heat in style, getting all the way through to the final four and missing out on the big prize by just 0.1!  A master orator who will grip you quickly with her rhythmical flow and drop you off in increments energised and elated 3 minutes later. Desree has since toured internationally, taking in famous venues such as the Bowery in New York. You can see her online delivering a TEDx talk, She is Artist in Residence for poetry collective EMPOWORD, and Ambassador for MQ; Mental Health Research Charity.  A great new talent – you will love her.

March Guest  –  Tony D

Fri 1st Mar Cambridge – Junction
Tue 5th Mar Hackney – Book Club
Wed 6th Mar Bristol – The Loco Klub
Thu 7th Mar Brighton – Komedia
Tue 12th Mar Oxford – Old Fire Station
Wed 13th Mar Southampton – Art House

* all shows with support acts and an open poetry slam (start times / sign up between 7:30/7:45)
Undefeated Don’t Flop Battle Rap champion, Tony D is a legend of UK hiphop, one part of the UK rap group Poisonous Poets, alongside Lowkey, Reveal and others. He continues to release music and has taken the spoken word scene with the same force of storm as he took the world of battle rap.
 
 
 

April Guest  –  Robert Garnham

Tue 2nd Apr Hackney – Book Club
Wed 3rd Apr Bristol – The Loco Klub
Thu 4th Apr Brighton – Komedia
Fri 5th Apr Cambridge – Junction
Tue 9th Apr Oxford – Old Fire Station
Wed 10th Apr Southampton – Art House

* all shows with support acts and an open poetry slam (start times / sign up between 7:30/7:45

Robert Garnham is a comedy spoken word artist based in Devon. Over the last few years he has performed all over the UK, headlining at such nights as Bang Said the Gun in both London and Manchester, Milk and Raise the Bar in Bristol, and Poetry Island in Torquay. He has worked with both Apples and Snakes and Hammer & Tongue as both host and headliner at events from London to Brighton, Bristol to Exeter. His last two comedy spoken word shows have toured the UK appearing at festivals and fringes. Last year he was mentioned in The Guardian and The Telegraph, as well as BBC Radio Two, and interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live, as having one of the funniest jokes at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has lately been seen in TV adverts for a certain Building society.

He has recently headlined at the legendary Duplex cabaret in New York, and has been longlisted for the last three years as Spoken Word Artist of the Year in the Saboteur Awards. His last two books have both been published by Burning Eye Books, and he has won slams everywhere from Exeter to Edinburgh. He is the current host and promoter at Big Poetry, the biggest night of spoken word in the south west, and has supported John Hegley, Paul Sinha and Arthur Smith at comedy nights.