Whether you just love listening to poetry or are a wizard of words yourself, you’re sure to enjoy the Hammer and Tongue poetry slam events. Regularly held in Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Hackney and Oxford, the popular poetry performances have finally made their way to none other than Southampton.
Popular venue of all things quaint and quirky, The Art House will be host to the Tongue and Hammer’s regular poetry events on the second Wednesday of every month, beginning on the 8th of Feb. The poetry events will give locals the opportunity to take to the stage and perform their own work to a gavel of five judges with the potential of winning the competition and performing in the Regional Finals in December.
“HAMMER AND TONGUE HAVE REINVENTED THE MEDIUM FOR THE HIP HOP GENERATION” – THE GUARDIAN
Contestants can sign up on the night, and each one will have three minutes to impress the judges (who are selected at random) with their wordsmithery and performance poetry
Far from a night of competition, the evening will also feature regular guest poets which will include a tried and tested headline poet every month elected by the Hammer and Tongues governors to provide the audience with a performance not to be forgotten, as well as an extended set from a local poet, providing a platform for new and exciting local acts to make their wonderful voices heard.
This month’s special guest is is ‘the kind of performer you pray you’ll discover’, Rob Gee, who aside from being an ex psychiatric nurse, is a comedic poet, first class showman and audience favourite at The Art House.
Further support for the evening will be courtesy of 2016 Hammer and Tongue finalist Damien O’Vitch, a performer whose poetry throws contemporary society under the microscope and studies it through a medium of shopping, cake and… garden gnomes?
“THE BEST LIVE POETRY IS TO BE FOUND AT THE HAMMER AND TONGUE SLAMS.” – THE SUNDAY TIMES
Hammer and Tongue are hosting the nights in collaboration with SO:Write and are desperately trying to get young people engaged with the events.
They are collaborating with SO:Write to bring this to Southampton, and are desperately trying to get young people engaged with the event(s).
SO:Write also are co-ordinating many other literary events in the city, such as young people’s writing workshops, women’s writing workshops, various performances at The Nuffield Theatre, and also have the upcoming SO: To Speak Festival of Words in October, so there are many projects that students could write about both now, and going forward.
Admission to the evening at The Art House will cost £7.50, but can you really put a price on the creativity and personal exploration the art of the spoken word
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