Cambridge Hammer & Tongue presents a year round programme of poetry slams with touring guest artists at Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX (01223 511511). The events generally take place on the first Friday of every month, Oct-Jun inclusive, with the Regional Final being held in September.

Fay Roberts is the Regional Coordinator.
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Coming up:

Friday 3 January 2020 – Robin Lamboll + Open Slam, supported by Stewart Carswell

Banner Image of words and pictures of the Hammer & Tongue logo, Robin Lamboll, and Stewart Carswell

Link to Facebook event here; buy tickets online here.

Eight compete for a place in the Regional Final.

Picture of Robin Lamboll performing with a Hammer & Tongue banner in the background
Robin Lamboll – consistently fact-checked

Robin Lamboll is a climate scientist who merges their knowledge and wordplay to explore the universe and our place in it. Their poetry alternates between comic and profound but is consistently fact-checked.

They are the UK Farrago slam champion 2019 and Madrid International Poetry Slam Champion 2019, and came 2nd in the Poetry Slam World Cup 2019. Robin was previously Cambridge Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion and the Vogon Slam Champion. They are frequently upstaged by their own hair.

A picture of Stewart Carswell in front of a large tree
Stewart Carswell – micro-poetry about nature a speciality

Stewart Carswell is from the Forest of Dean and currently lives in Cambridgeshire, where he helps to organise the Fen Speak open mic night in Ely. He performs regularly around Cambridge, with frequent trips to the West Country. His poems have been published in Envoi, Ink Sweat & Tears, Algebra of Owls, and The Fenland Reed. His debut pamphlet is Knots and branches (Eyewear, 2016).

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