Hammer & Tongue Cambridge presents a year round programme of poetry slams with guest artists via Zoom conferencing until the Covid19 crisis is past. You can buy a ticket to be part of the interactive audience on Zoom or watch on Facebook Live, Periscope, or YouTube Live. The events generally take place on the first Friday of every month, Oct-Jul inclusive, with the Regional Final being held in September.

Fay Roberts is the Regional Coordinator.
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Coming up:

Friday 17* July 2020 – Leanne Moden + Open Slam, supported by Claire McCawley

*Please note amended date due to emergency postponement.

Link to Facebook event here; buy tickets online here.

Eight compete for a place in the Regional Final.

Leanne Moden (@leannemodenpoet) is a performance poet, based in Nottingham. In the past, she has performed at WOMAD Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sofar Sounds, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight, as well as the Fourth Wave Feminist Festival, Trinity College Cambridge, and the TEDx WOMEN event at UCL. Leanne has also been national finalist at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, the Hammer and Tongue Poetry Slam, the Poetry Rivals Slam, and the Camden Roundhouse Slam. In Summer 2019, she performed her first solo theatre show, Skip Skip Skip, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and her second pamphlet was published with Burning Eye Books in 2020.

To find out more, visit

Camille McCawley focuses on issues of mental illness and the climate crisis. She runs spoken word workshops and events at The Writers Hub in Sheffield. She is the recent winner of Derby Poetry Festival slam and has supported Joelle Taylor and Matt Abbott. Camille is a member of the Verse Matters and Wise Talk collectives, and is in the process of setting up Wise Talk up as a social enterprise, which will provide free poetry workshops and events for those deprived backgrounds. For YouTube videos of Camille, start here.

A playlist of videos from the July 2020 features
(Leanne Moden and Claire McCawley)

Link to Facebook event here; buy tickets online here.

Our headliners this year, left-to-right and top-to-bottom:

6-Dec-19: Amber-Page
3-Jan-20: Robin Lamboll
7-Feb-20: Dan Simpson: Poet
6-Mar-20: Tina Sederholm
3-Apr-20: Hollie McNish
1-May-20: Edalia Day
4-Jun-20: Leanne Moden
2-Oct-20: Rick Dove