The time has finally come ....
Who will represent Bristol in The Hammer & Tongue National Final this year? We have a selection of wonderful poets competing and are arranging for special guest judges to help us decide.
And just to show us how wonderful life as a poet can be ... we have the sublime Sally Jenkinson!
Her words are beautiful and incredibly thought-provoking and her performances are mesmerizing. As an artist she is a regular in many festivals including Womad, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree, Boomtown, Shambala, Sunrise, Cheltenham Poetry Festival and Bristol Poetry Festival AND was awarded Bristol Poetry Festival’s 2013 Poet of the Year.
She recently toured Australia with Nuala Honan and their show Folly, which was a resounding success, and just as a personal aside, I've never met anyone who doesn't love her poetry.
Supporting Sally this month we have ME. 'About time' some of you said recently but as an organiser it's hard to book yourself in to do slots, and harder still when you think the crowd will be sick of your face! Still, as a huge fan of Sally's and rocking the female powerhouse poetry scene I am going to do a support set and warm you all up to sally and the slam.
I am a regular performer on the poetry scene having done many festivals myself including Glastonbury, Womad, Swindon Lit Fest, Manx Lit Fest and The Green Gathering. I am the twelfth Bard of Bath and my first collection 'My Stepmother Tried to Kill Me' was also published by Burning Eye early last year.
Judges for the night to be announced.
Arrive early for seating and please remember NO OPEN SLAM this month. Please come and support Bristol and help cheer on our regional finalists.