the next open round of the Cambridge Hammer & Tongue 2016-17 season...
Spoken word artistry and competitive fervour. What more could you want?
This is your chance to become part of the spoken word slam brilliance
that has graced this here fair city since 2009, in the warm and wonderful
surroundings of fabulous venue Cambridge
Junction. Sign up as one of the eight to compete for a place in the
Regional Final next September, become a judge, or just dive in and soak up the
atmosphere and talent on display.
Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag
based in Bristol. She has won over ten slam titles including The Roundhouse
Slam 2014, Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014 and the Nuoryican Poetry Slam.
She has been featured on BBC iPlayer, Radio 1, and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, The
Guardian, Blue Peter, Sky TV, Don’t Flop and TEDx. She has performed up and
down the country and internationally at Glastonbury, Vienna, Sweden, Belgium,
Germany, Bangladesh and New York. Her debut poetry collection ‘Joyriding The
Storm’ was published in 2014.
To find out more, go to https://www.vanessakisuule.com/
Tina Sederholm is a
sporadic idealist, reluctant feminist and recovering perfectionist. A multiple
poetry slam winner, she has taken three one-woman shows to the Edinburgh
Fringe, which all received 4 and 5 star reviews. She has been described as “Completely
spellbinding” ***** (edfringereview.com),
She is currently the co-host of Hammer & Tongue Oxford, and her
forthcoming collection “Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful” will be published
by Burning Eye in May 2017. http://www.tinasederholm.com
Hosted by Fay Roberts, a Cambridge-based
poet, musician, and unrepentant geek.
The rules for H&T slams are as follows:
Slammers are chosen at random from the sign-up list to perform – spoken
word only, no music, no props. Each competitor has 3 minutes from the time they
start talking on the mic. After 10 seconds’ grace period, they start losing
points (1 point for every 10 seconds!). At the end, they’re given points out of
10 by 5 judges chosen from the audience, while the top and bottom scores are
removed to ensure fairness. The slammer gets a score out of 30, and the competition
The winner of that evening’s competition goes through to the Regional
Final (the Cambridge one tends to be held in September), and the winner (and
runner-up) of the Regional Final goes through to the National Final. The winner
of the National Final gets crowned H&T National Slam Champion.