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13.07.17

The Hemel Hempstead School.

‘The students were really engaged and enthusiastic. Their idea were creative, inventive and unique. The one-to-one.group guidance was effective and helped quieter students grow in confidence.’ Sarah Norris, teacher, The Hemel Hempstead School.

‘I honestly thought I was going to have no fun, however I proved myself wrong and enjoyed every bit of it. This workshop has really improved my confidence and has inspired me to read my work aloud. I had loads of fun and I definitely would do it again if I was offered.’ Summer, pupil, Hemel Hempstead School.

The Hemel Hempstead School, 20017 The Hemel Hempstead School, 20017
12.05.17

Raise the Roof & Kiss the Sky - Bristol's Primary Schools' Slam at St George's, Great George Street.

Four teams from four primary schools performed to a packed house.

‘It has made me more confident in my life and I enjoyed every moment of it.’ Leo, pupil, Whitehall Primary, Bristol.

Whitehall Primary School performing at Raise the Roof & Kiss the Sky, Bristol 2017 Whitehall Primary School performing at Raise the Roof & Kiss the Sky, Bristol 2017
08.05.17

Whitehall Primary School, Bristol.

Final coaching session with the four selected Year 5 teams who will represent the school at the Raise the Rooof & Kiss the Sky, Bristol InterSchool Primary Slam.

‘It changed me of what I thought poetry was. It made me think poetry can be super cool!’ Ava, pupil, Whitehall Primary, Bristol.

‘Today’s workshop has made me think better and clearer. It also has encourage me to challenge myself.’ Gabriel, pupil, Whitehall Primary, Bristol.

Whitehall Primary School, Bristol 2017 Whitehall Primary School, Bristol 2017
02.05.17

Whitehall Primary School, Bristol.

First workshop to decide which Year 5 teams will represent the school at the Raise the Rooof & Kiss the Sky, Bristol InterSchool Primary Slam

‘Thanks for a great day.’
Emma Collver, Yr 5 teacher, Whitehall Primary, Bristol

Whitehall Primary School, Bristol 2017 Whitehall Primary School, Bristol 2017
02.03.17 Winford Church of England Primary School, Winford, Bristol. Winford Primary School, Bristol 2017 Winford Primary School, Bristol 2017
01.03.17

Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, Weston-super-Mare.

‘It was fun and very very very very very very very very inspiring. It was indeed.’ Matt, Jack, Jacob, Janice - pupils, Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, Weston-super-Mare.

‘I was already a poetry lover, but this boosted it. I liked that we learnt important things like to be energetic and to face the audience.’ Deena, pupil, Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, Weston-super-Mare.

Broadoak College, Weston-super-Mare. 2017 Broadoak College, Weston-super-Mare. 2017
10.02.17

Blundell's Preparatory School, Blundell's Road, Tiverton, Devon.

‘We had a fabulous poetry session. The children were enthusiastically engaged throughout the whole process.’
Tracey Nash, teacher, Blundell’s Pre-prep, Tiverton, Devon.

Blundell's Preparatory Schoo Blundell's Preparatory School
08.02.17 A Varsity Poetry Slam.
Four teams from: Bath Spa University, University of Bath, University pf Bristol and University of the West of England took part in the first Varsity Poetry Slam.
Hosted by Glenn Carmichael and Rebecca Tantony.
A special evening of spoken word with flair and passion. A new generation of spoken word performers are coming through.
The ultimate winner was Connor MacLeod from Bath Spa.
Varsity Slam 2017 Varsity Slam
16.10.16

Edventure Plus

A group of Bi-lingual French students, visiting Goblin Combe Lodge, Somerset.

Edventure Plus 2016 Edventure Plus 2016
13.10.16

King's Hall School, Taunton

‘Thank you for another terrific poetry slam. The children said they had had great fun whilst learning a lot about poetry, which, in my opinion is just about the best educational experience we can hope to give them!’ Jane Stuckes, teacher, King’s Hall School, Taunton.

01.07.16

King’s Junior School, Gloucester

Photo 1 shows Nicky Price form Radio Gloucestershire recording for her Saturday show.

‘It made us more interested in poetry and has inspired us to write more poetry.’ Hottie, Meg, Maddy and Olivia, pupils, King’s School, Gloucester.

‘It was brilliant!’ Hjalte, Rufus, Finleigh and Mathew, pupils, King’s School, Gloucester.

27.06.16

Gloucester Academy

‘It’s inspired me to write more and to enjoy poetry. The workshop was amazing.’ Megan Rodway, pupil, Gloucester Academy

21.06.16

Hempsted C of E Primary, Gloucester

‘The children have had a fantastic day today.
Thank you so much to both you and Claire for your time, encouragement and enthusiasm.’ Samantha Price, Yr3 teacher, Hempsted Primary, Gloucester.

20.06.16

Bibury C of E Primary School, Cirencester

‘It was fun.
It helped us to write poetry and make it sound interesting’ Ava, pupil, Bibury C of E Primary, Gloucestershire.

14.06.16

The Devizes Poetry Slam - an open adullt slam at Merchant Suite, Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes.

29.04.16

Raise the Roof and Kiss the Sky Primary Poetry Slam at St George's, Bristol.

4 Bristol Primary Schools took part. Four teams from each school: Ashton Gate, St Mary Redcliffey, Victoria Park and Whitehall.

A noisy and exciting slam. An electric atmosphere and some excellent poetry preformances from the teams of Year 5s.

The ultimate winner, by one point, was Ashton Gate. A big 'well done' to all the teams who represnted their schools with such fantastic professionalism.

“Awesome
Fantastic
Cool
Inspiring
Special
Interesting
Original”
Maaike, pupil, Whitehall Primary, Bristol

27.04.16

Whitehall Primary, Bristol. Workshop 2 for Raise the Roof and Kiss the Sky Primary Poetry Slam

“It made me want to perform more poems in front of other people, because it feels good when you’ve just done something you thought you couldn’t do.” Freya, pupil, Whitehall Primary, Bristol

25.04.16

Whitehall Primary, Bristol. Workshop 1 for Raise the Roof and Kiss the Sky Primary Poetry Slam

“It has made me more inspired to write poems and made me much less nervous to do things and more brave.” Ivan, pupil, Whitehall Primary, Bristol

05.02.16

Sunninghill Prep, Dorchester

'It was great fun and the activities were amazing! The people were so nice!' Giselle, pupil, Sunninghill Prep, Dorchester, Dorset.

09.11.15

University of the West of England - Poetry Slam

A electrifying slam for students at UWE.

10 students took part:
Mohsin Unar
Millie Wood-Downie
Zainab Halepota
Callum Wensley
Jay (Pixie) Hulme
Charles Yeboah
Jeffrey Silvia-Pereira
Meg Griffiths
Terry Bradley
John Ajayi

The final was between:
Mohsin Unar (Phot 1) & Zainab Halepota (Photo 2)

Zainab was the ultimate winner presenting poems of struggle, peace and personal fulfilment in a style that was both powerful and endearing.

"Thank you Glenn for encouraging me to write my poem. The slam was awesome. Keep it up!", Zairala Haleporta, student, University of the West of England

04.11.15

University of the West of England - performance poetry workshops

"I feel getting professional feedback for my work has been so helpful. Also listening to others and hearing the variety of poetry from such young people has been eye opening. I'm now less nervous about slamming.", Millie Wood-Downie, student, University of the West of England

21.10.15

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol

Poetry Slam

"The children thoroughly enjoyed the poetry slam.  Glenn brought his expertise and shared useful ideas and techniques.  He inspired and enabled the children to move their poetry on very quickly from the early stages of their roughly drafted first words to their fully fledged performance on stage in front of their school.  His comments were precise and constructive which the children were able to put into practise instantly improving their delivery.  
We are looking forward to working with Glenn again next year.'
Teacher, Simon Partridge, Ashton Gate Primary School

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol
19.10.15

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol

Year 5 & 6 Heats

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol 19.10.15 Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol 19.10.15
13.10.15

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol

Year 5 workshops

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol 13.10.15 Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol 13.10.15
12.10.15

Tockington Manor School, Bristol

'We have been inspired to write more poetry and perform it and we want to do another poetry slam, please!' pupils, Erin, Jenna and Lara, Tockington Manor

Tockington Manor School, Bristol 12.10.15 Tockington Manor School, Bristol 12.10.15
01.10.15

King's Hall School, Taunton

"It has made us feel we are better at poetry and more confident with a crowd. It has given us more ideas. The best workshop for poetry. Thank you." Liam and Alonso, pupils, King's Hall School

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25.09.15

An absolutely intoxicating open slam.
18 poets vied for the ultimate prize of £100, winner-takes-all.

This was one of the very best poetry slams we have ever been privileged to host. The standard was exceptional. The scope and variety unprecedented.

Poets taking part were:
Tug D
Nick Lovell
Tom Dewey
Jesse Perrett
Clive Oseman
Sam Boarer
Jenny Haynes
Graham Chilcott
Melanie Branton
James Laurie
Malaika Kegode
Tim King
Hannah Teasdale
Ben Bridgman
Chris White
Bart Breathnack
Robert Garnham
Tim Vosper

The first round was split into heats (6 heats of 3 poets). Because two poets had achieved the same top score in their heat, Round 2 had two heats - Heat 1 with 4 poets, Heat 2 with 3. All the poets in Heat 1, Round 2, achieved exactly the same score (284). This has never happened before! Consequently, instead of 2 poets in the Final, there were 5. It was such a closely fought contest, and we got to see 5 great poets performing 3 poems. Such a treat!

The ultimate winner was Tom Dewey (photo 1 - Tom with hosts: Glenn Carmichael & Claire Williamson, and judges: Colin Brown, Deborah Harvey and Asif Khan). He scored 290, closely followed by Jesse Perrett and Hannah Teasdale (photo 2) with 289. Tom has only been performing for a few months, his skilfully crafted poems and confident delivery indicates that you will be seeing a lot more of this young man.
A really wonderful event and complete satisfaction for spoken word aficionados.

Tom Dewey (winner), Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 25.09.15 Hannah Teasdale (joint 2nd), Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 25.09.15
08.09.15

Wilnecote High School, Tamworth

"Performing a poem in a different way was much better than just reading it out. It was really fun.' Lucian, pupil, Wilnecote High School, Tamworth

Wilnecote High School, Tamworth 08.09.15 Wilnecote High School, Tamworth 08.09.15
11.07.15 Chandos House Addiction Treatment Centre for Men, Bristol
07.07.15

Royal Grammar School, Worcester

'It surprised me how creative I can be when I put my mind to it.' Simon, pupil, RGS Worcester.

Royal Grammar School, Worcester 07.07.15 Royal Grammar School, Worcester 07.07.15
17.06.15

Devizes Literature Festival - inaugral poetry slam. Devizes first slam, and oh what a wonderful slam it was. A hundred pounds prize for the winner. Great diversity. Great performances. Great poetry. Poets taking part were:

Gail Foster
Kit Finnie
James Haddow
John Bruce
Edwin Hopper
Peter Wyton
Brenda Williams
George Morehead
Kate Byard
Talking Tekla
Sam Kirby
Clive Oesman
Richard Trendall
Nick Lovell
Dru Marland
Clair Goodwin

After 2 rounds of heats, the final was down to Talking Tekla (photo 2) and Kate Byard (photo 1). Kate Byard took the prize, to raptuous applause. An excellent night was had by all, where we experienced the full range of emeotions from laugh out loud, through heartfelt empathy, and left us changed by the power of the spoken word and the bravery of its exponents.

Kate Byard, Devizes Literature Festival - inaugral poetry slam 17.06.15 Kate Byard, Devizes Literature Festival - inaugral poetry slam 17.06.15
09.06.15

St Mary's, Calne, Wiltshire

'The workshops developed an awareness of the ways written poetry can be linked to movement and performance. It showed poetry can be fun and can be a group activity, not just for silent contemplation or for classroom analysis! Also that poetry is designed to be listened to and spoken aloud!' Sian Stables, teacher, St Mary's School, Calne

St Mary's, Calne, Wiltshire 09.06.15 St Mary's, Calne, Wiltshire 09.06.15
21.04.15

Raise the Roof & Kiss the Sky - Bristol Primary Slam

"That was amazing. Never been as confident" Leo, pupil, Southville Primary

Raise the Roof & Kiss the Sky - Bristol Primary Slam 21.04.15 Raise the Roof & Kiss the Sky - Bristol Primary Slam 21.04.15
20.04.15

Southville Primary, Bristol

"A brilliant piece of my life has changed." Sam, pupil, Southville Primary, Bristol

Southville Primary, Bristol 21.14.15 Southville Primary, Bristol 21.14.15
15.04.15

Southville Primary, Bristol

"I loved it and now I love poetry more!." Joe, pupil, Southville Primary, Bristol

Southville Primary, Bristo 15.04.15 Southville Primary, Bristo 15.04.15
14.04.15

Victoria Park Primary, Bristol

"The children now have experienced how poetry should be performed in a professional way. Also how the basic structure of a poem is constructed, and how to have fun reading poems" James Mepsted, teacher, Victoria Park Primary, Bristol

Victoria Park Primary, Bristol 14.04.15 Victoria Park Primary, Bristol 14.04.15
25.03.15 Yate Primary Schools' Poetry Slam, Yate Library, South Gloucestershire Yate Primary Schools' Poetry Slam 25.03.15 Yate Primary Schools' Poetry Slam 25.03.15
24.03.15

Longfleet Primary, Poole, Dorset

"It made me start to like poems and start writing them." Alwin, pupil, Longfleet Primary, Poole, Dorset

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23.03.15

Longfleet Primary, Poole, Dorset

"It was really exciting to come up with our own ideas, then write and perform them as poems. The Poetry Slam really helped us with our ideas and made us laugh! I enjoyed it a lot." Sophie, pupil, Longfleet Primary, Poole, Dorset

Longfleet Primary 23.03.15 Longfleet Primary 23.03.15
20.03.15

Tyndale Primary, Yate, South Gloucestershire

"It made me feel very confident. I would love to keep doing it." Shyla, pupil, Tyndale Primary, Yate, Bristol

Broadoak Maths and Computing College 03.03.15 Broadoak Maths and Computing College 03.03.15
18.03.15

Tyndale Primary, Yate, South Gloucestershire

"The children really enjoyed the poetry workshop and really enjoyed the drama element - fun and interactive!." L Hickey, teacher, Tyndale Primary, Yate, Bristol

Broadoak Maths and Computing College 03.03.15 Broadoak Maths and Computing College 03.03.15
03.03.15

Hans Price Academy & Broadoak Maths and Computing College, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

"The workshop helped me explore other parts of poetry, and I enjoyed mixing schools." Siobhan, pupil, Broadoak Maths and Computing College, Weston super Mare, North Somerset

Broadoak Maths and Computing College 03.03.15 Broadoak Maths and Computing College 03.03.15
21.02.15

Chandos House Addiction Treatment Centre for Men, Bristol

This course was thoroughly enjoyable and interesting. The tutor was excellent and always very helpful in all aspects.' Simon Madley, Chandos House, Bristol

'The group got loads from it, I hope you will be back soon.' James Dickinson, Director, Chandos House Treatment Centre for drugs and alcohol

Chandos House Addiction Treatment Centre for Men, Bristo 21.02.15 Chandos House Addiction Treatment Centre for Men, Bristo 21.02.15
22.10.14

Winsley Primary School, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

"The children were very engaged throughout and responded well to being asked to improvise and work together. The pace of the session was great and it was really good for them in terms of the structure being relaxed and fast. We would definitely re-employ The Poetry Slam." Jo Candlish, teacher, Winsley Primary School, Bradford on Avon

Winsley Primary School 22.10.14 Winsley Primary School 22.10.14
02.10.14

King's Hall School, Taunton

"This has really brought poetry to life for the pupils. It has also made poetry fun for them. it was all brilliant!", Jane Stuckes, teacher, King's Hall School, Taunton

King's Hall School, Taunton 02.10.14 King's Hall School, Taunton 02.10.14
16.09.14

OISE (Oxford International School of English) Bristol

"The workshop inspired me to write poetry, read aloud and perform. It was a good afternoon. Glenn was able to help everyone overcome their shyness and participate." Miguel Angel, student, OISE Bristol

"The workshop inspired me to write more poetry, read aloud and perform. It will help me in my business presentation. It will increase my confidence.", Luis Calil, student, OISE Bristol

 

OISE Bristol 16 Sept 2014 OISE Bristol 16 Sept 2014
12.09.14

Bristol Poetry Festival - Open Poetry Slam - Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Hosted by Glenn Carmichael & Claire Williamson to a packed house (Photo 1).

16 poets. £100 prize.

What a night. The Bristol Poetry Festival Open Slam.
What a great selection of poets. What a wonderful audience.
16 poets slammed. The styles and performances were varied and exciting.
I hope you were there. If you weren't then you missed something special.
Claire Williamson and Glenn Carmichael hosted. We were impressed.
The judges were Tim Vosper - performance poet, Marcella Naylor - Poetry Slam secretary and Clive Birnie - Editor, Burning Eye Books.

The poets were:
Sandy Smith
Hannah Teasdale
Graham Chilcott
Nadine Bourne
Tim King
Nick Lovell
Talking Tekla
Saskia Tomlinson
Jennie Haynes
James Laurie
Danny Lake
Abi Newman
Gillie Harries
Louise Gethin
Melanie Branton
Steve Duncan

The first round was divided into 5 heats. The winners of their heats were:
Hannah Teasdale
Graham Chilcott
Nadine Bourne
Talking Tekla
Abi Newman
Steve Dincan

But in the break Abi Newan was taken ill and so Melanie Branton was the next highest scorer and replaced Abi.
Melanie won her heat in the semi-final - so the face-off was Nadine Bourne and Melanie Branton.

Melanie's 3rd poem didn't have the impact of her first two. Nadine Bourne (Photo 2) romped home with a convincing poem and won the £100 prize.

There is so much to say. What a thrilling event. If you were there, you enjoyed a slam like slams aught to be - blistering spoken word. Brilliant. What a success.

Thanks to you all who made it the most wonderful evening - you know who you are.

Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 12.09.14 Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 12.09.14
02.09.14

Wilnecote High School, Tamworth B77 5LF

180 Year 7s slammed on their first day at big school.

"Today's workshop was awesome and I think it inspires people to make poems." Doyle, pupil, Wilnecote High School

"An excellent workshop. It gave the pupils the chance to access poetry and gave then confidence." Mandy Hanson, teacher, Wilnecote High School

Wilnecote High School, Tamworth 02.09.14 Wilnecote High School, Tamworth 02.09.14
08.07.14

'Stepping Up' Grand Slam at Writhlington School, Radstock, B&NES.
A project to help primary children with their transition to secondary school.
Three primaries took part:
Bishop Henderson C of E Primary School
Kilmersdon CofE VA Primary School
St Nicholas C of E Primary School

The winning team was 'Making New Friends' from St Nicholas. The winning school was St Nicholas.

"It has been great all the way through. You gave confidence to everyone who performed. Thank you." Bethany Moore

"An amazing event - fantastic to watch all the performances. Such confidence from the children. All the schools deserve credit." Mrs Smith

Funded by Bath and North East Somerset Arts Development

'School is Cool' from St Nicholas Primary @ Grand Slam, Writhlington 'Making New Friends' the winning team from St Nicholas Primary @ Grand Slam, Writhlington
01.07.14

Dodderhill School, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

"The workshop helped us to be creative and work in a team." Isobel, Rachael, Phoebe and Alicia, pupils, Dodderhill School

Dodderhill School, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire Dodderhill School, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire
26.06.14

'Stepping Up' selection workshop at Bishop Henderson Primary School, Radstock.

Working with Year 5s & 6s to select four teams to take part in the InterSchool primary slam, taking place at Writhlington School.

"Makes me more excited about poetry." Macy, pupil, Bishop Henderson Primary

'Stepping Up' selection workshop at Bishop Henderson Primary School, Radstock. 'Stepping Up' selection workshop at Bishop Henderson Primary School, Radstock.
25.06.14

'Stepping Up' selection workshop at St Nicholas Primary School, Radstock.

Working with Year 5s to select four teams to take part in the InterSchool primary slam, taking place at Writhlington School.

"I think it was very inspiring. It helps bring people together." Candy, pupil, St Nicholas Primary School

"This was brilliant. I want to do it again." Danny, pupil, St Nicholas Primary School

"It makes your brain more focused on what to say. It has inspired me. It was a really fun activity, Ryan, pupil, St Nicholas Primary School

'Stepping Up' selection workshop at St Nicholas Primary School, Radstock. 'Stepping Up' selection workshop at St Nicholas Primary School, Radstock.
19.06.14

'Stepping Up' selection workshop at Kilmersdon Primary School, Radstock.

Working with Year 6s to select four teams to take part in the InterSchool primary slam, taking place at Writhlington School.

"I think today has made me more creative and confident." Emma, pupil, Kilmersdon Primary

'Stepping Up' selection workshop at Kilmersdon Primary School, Radstock. 'Stepping Up' selection workshop at Kilmersdon Primary School, Radstock.
18.06.14

'Stepping Up' selection workshop at Writhlington School, Radstock.

Working with Year 7s to select two teams to act as mentors to Radstock primaries.

"It was awesome. It was fun and made me braver." James, pupil, Writhlington School, Radstock, B&NES, 18th June 201

'Stepping Up' selection workshop at Writhlington School, Radstock. 'Stepping Up' selection workshop at Writhlington School, Radstock.
12.05.14 Perrott Hill, Crewkerne, Somerset Perrott Hill, Crewkerne, Somerset Perrott Hill, Crewkerne, Somerset
02.05.14

Chipping Sodbury School, Bristol

"The workshop has made me realise that poetry can be much more fun than I thought. It has greatly improved my confidence." Joe, pupil, Chipping Sodbury School

"Glenn's enthusiasm and guidance were fabulous. The students were out of their comfort zone but he got them doing it and really helped build their confidence. It was a valuable experience for them." Jen Balchin, teacher, Chipping Sodbury School

Chipping Sodbury School, Bristol Chipping Sodbury School, Bristol
01.05.14

Kings Hall School, Taunton, Somerset

'It has boosted our confidence when performing poetry, and it was FAB!!!' Raoul, Henry & Andrew, pupils, King's Hall School, Taunton, Somerset.

Kings Hall School, Taunton, Somerset Kings Hall School, Taunton, Somerset
24.04.14

'Raise the Roof. Kiss the Sky', Primary Slam - St George's, Bristol

4 primary schools: Ashton Gate, Bishop Road, St Mary Redcliffe, Whitehall

Each school had a different poet/mentor. 4 teams were selected from each of the primaries, to represent their school before a massive audience at the prestigeous St George's Hall.

"...the children got the chance to practise making as much noise as possible.  (It turns out they were very, very good at this.) And then we were off, all 16 teams, with names such as Dangerous Doughnuts, The Monster Mashers and Word War III, strutting their stuff through four heats and giving an excellent account of themselves.  In the end, Zombie Apocalypse from Whitehall School emerged as winners in a contest which saw the roof raised to a height of about five miles and the sky very definitely kissed, almost into oblivion." Deborah Harvey, audience member, blogger, poet and photographer.

'Raise the Roof. Kiss the Sky', Primary Slam - St George's, Bristol 'Raise the Roof. Kiss the Sky', Primary Slam - St George's, Bristol
23.04.14

'Raise the Roof. Kiss the Sky' coaching session for selected teams, Whitehall Primary School, Bristol

'Had a brilliant morning and the kids were so proud. A great thing to be part of!' Katie Smith, teacher, Whitehall Primary, Bristol

'Raise the Roof. Kiss the Sky' coaching session for selected teams, Whitehall Primary School, Bristol 'Raise the Roof. Kiss the Sky' coaching session for selected teams, Whitehall Primary School, Bristol
22.04.14 'Raise the Roof. Kiss the Sky' selection workshop, Whitehall Primary School, Bristol 'Raise the Roof. Kiss the Sky' selection workshop, Whitehall Primary School, Bristol 'Raise the Roof. Kiss the Sky' selection workshop, Whitehall Primary School, Bristol
27.03.14

Belgrave School, Bristol

'It was good to see some students, who find this kind of experience very difficult, motivated to participate.' Hannah Brunt, teacher, Belgrave School.

'The workshop made me feel connected to to the rest of my class.' Will, pupil, Belgrave School

Belgrave School, Bristol Belgrave School, Bristol
21.03.14

Literacy Festival, Worle Community School, Weston Super Mare, North Somerset

'It was BRILLIANT!!!.' Joshua, pupil, Worle School

Worle Community School Worle Community School
20.03.14

Literacy Festival, Worle Community School, Weston Super Mare, North Somerset

'Workshops and timings were managed fabulously.' Tracey Dyer, teacher, Worle School

Worle Community School Worle Community School
19.11.13

OISE Bristol

Working with adult language students from Spain, Kuwait, Italy, Russia & France.

'It's a good chance to practice speaking, body language, intonation and eye contact.
And it was fun.
Perfect!
Thanks a lot.'
Shahad, student, OISE Bristol.

OISE Bristol OISE Bristol
15.10.13

Académie Acquataine

A group of Bi-lingual French students, visiting Somerset, enriching their day with cat poems, before an evening visit to 'Cats' at Bristol's Hippodrome

'This workshop gave the children an awareness of themselves and their audience, and how to perform. Difficult to do with students who are French, but you achieved great results. Thank you.' Christine Balandier,teacher - International Bilingual School of Provence (Académie Aquitaine)

Académie Acquataine Académie Acquataine
14.10.13 Beachborough School, Westbury, Northamptonshire Beachborough Beachborough
11.10.13

Prospect School, Reading

"It has filled me with ideas to write poetry and has given me more confidence to go on stage." Diana, pupil - Prospect School, Reading

Prospect School, Reading Prospect School, Reading
04.10.13

Bristol Poetry Festival - Open Slam, Arnolfin Arts Centre, Bristol

Hosted by Glenn Carmichael & Claire Wiliamson

What an show. What a slam spectacular.
A vibrant evening of superb slam performances.

15 poets took part, and a full house of enthusiastic and appreciative fans spurred them on.

There were many highlights to the show, but as the night went on the judges scores went ballistic and Stephen Duncan walked away with the £100 prize (photo 1: Claire, Glenn & Steve) with his superb performances that captured hearts and minds - in an inimitable lyrical style that magically fitted 6 minutes worth of words into the 3 minute time-limit allowed.

Robert Garnham was the runner-up, and his hilarious 'I Think You Might Be Straight' poem deserves a special mention (photo 2).

The Poetry Slam was also awarded a beautiful, inscribed Bristol Blue glass goblet for our work promoting poetry to children and young people.

A top night to be remembered for a long time.

'Had an amazing time at the Bristol Poetry Slam last night... I’d heard the Bristol event was huge. How right I was! The quality of the poets was very high indeed. The audience cheered and clapped and stamped... Stephen Duncan was a deserving and popular winner.' Robert Garnham - runner-up

Bristol Poetry Festival, Open Slam Bristol Poetry Festival, Open Slam
20.09.13

Edgbaston High School Prep Dept, Birmingham

"The girls enjoyed the afternoon and produced some impressive poems with enthusiasm and focus." F. Scott Dickins, Head, Edgbaston High School

Edgbaston High School Prep Dept, Birmingham Edgbaston High School Prep Dept, Birmingham
09.09.13

Sidcot School, Winscombe, North Somerset

"Thanks very much for providing the children with such a great day. They thoroughly enjoyed it and it gave our poetry week a great kick start" Claire Lilley, Head, Sidcot Junior School

Sidcot School, Winscombe, North Somerset Sidcot School, Winscombe, North Somerset
13.06.13

Dyke House School, Hartlepool, Co Durham

'The event made a genuine difference to all participants. One girl that I have taught for 6 months got up and read a poem to an audience - I have never heard her speak before. A wonderful experience.' Lee Brown, Deputy Head, Dyke House School

Dyke House School, Hartlepool, Co Durham Dyke House School, Hartlepool, Co Durham
10.06.13

Nottingham Academy.

'Thanks to you and Claire for putting together the fantastic workshops! We have heard nothing but positive comments from the students who want to do it again!'
Vikki Storr, teacher, Nottingham Academy.

Nottingham Academy. Nottingham Academy.
20.05.13

Kelly College Preparatory School, Tavistock, Devon

Kelly College invited 4 local primary schools (Horrabridge, Milton Abbot, Princetown, Whitchuch) to enjoy a morning of slam workshops:

"The experience gave the students greater confidence and helped them to gain social skills. The workshop fuelled their enthusiasm for poetry." Sarah Earley, teacher, Whitchurch CP School, Tavistock, Devon - Workshop at Kelly College Prep

Kelly College Preparatory School, Tavistock, Devon Kelly College Preparatory School, Tavistock, Devon
25.04.13

King's Hall School, Tauton, Somerset

'The Poetry Slam has changed my life. I never thought I would get this far in poetry.' Hugh, pupil, King's Hall School, Taunton, Somerset.

King's Hall School, Tauton, Somerset King's Hall School, Tauton, Somerset
28.03.13

Bristnall Hall Technology College, Oldbury, West Midlands

A 'Changing Our Lives' initiative, working with chldren with learning disabilities - focussing on 'Staying Safe'

Bristnall Hall Technology College, Oldbury, West Midlands Bristnall Hall Technology College, Oldbury, West Midlands
21.03.13

The Westminster School, Rowley Regis, West Midlands

A 'Changing Our Lives' initiative, working with chldren with learning disabilities - focussing on 'Staying Safe'

"I liked all of it"
"The best was making the rap and doing the poem."
"I enjoyed doing the acting and taking part."
"I liked writing my poem, it was good."
"I loved the introduction, ice breaker."

The Westminster School, Rowley Regis, West Midlands The Westminster School, Rowley Regis, West Midlands
20.03.13

St Michael's CE High School, Rowley Regis, West Midlands

A 'Changing Our Lives' initiative, working with chldren with learning disabilities - focussing on 'Staying Safe'

St Michael's CE High School, Rowley Regis, West Midlands St Michael's CE High School, Rowley Regis, West Midlands
19.03.13

Crocketts Community Primary School, Smethwick, West Midlands

A 'Changing Our Lives' initiative, working with chldren with learning disabilities - focussing on 'Staying Safe'

"At the start of the workshop some of the children were quite shy. But every child tried their hardest and gave 100%. All the children really enjoyed themselves!!" Claire Greenhouse, teacher, Crocketts Community Primary School, Smethick, West Midlands

Crocketts Community Primary School, Smethwick, West Midlands Crocketts Community Primary School, Smethwick, West Midlands
13.03.13

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol

Key Stage 2

"The enthusiasm with which the class took on the activities was amazing and really moving. Everyone was fully involved and team members made sure every member contributed and they provided brilliant support to each other. Lots of enjoyment and some great poems came out of it." Hugh Mackay, supply teacher, Ashton Gate Primary, Bristol

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol
12.03.13

St Peter's Church of England Aided School, Exeter

SUBVERT - Using GCSE syllabus poems, the Year 10s produce their own subverted versions and slam them.

"I feel empowered." Morgan, pupil, St Peter's, Exeter

St Peter's Church of England Aided School, Exeter St Peter's Church of England Aided School, Exeter
11.03.13

The County High School Leftwich, Northwich, Cheshire

"The students loved it. Thank you." Richard Warburton, Assistant Headteacher, The County High School, Leftwich

The County High School Leftwich, Northwich, Cheshire The County High School Leftwich, Northwich, Cheshire
08.03.13

Victoria Park Primary School, Smethwick, West Midlands

A 'Changing Our Lives' initiative, working with chldren with learning disabilities - focussing on 'Staying Safe'

"It was brilliant"
"Fun and exciting"
" It made me feel happy"
" I Loved it"
"Amazing"
"Wow"
" Interesting"
"Superb"
"Fabulous"

07.03.13

Backwell School, Backwell, Bristol

A GCSE workshop to help Year 10s understand and enjoy pre 20th Century poetry

Backwell School, Backwell, Bristol Backwell School, Backwell, Bristol
06.03.13.

Backwell School, Backwell, Bristol

A GCSE workshop to help Year 10s understand and enjoy pre 20th Century poetry

Backwell School, Backwell, Bristol Backwell School, Backwell, Bristol
04.03.13

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol

Reception & Key Stage 1

"The children enjoyed the performance aspect and they could see the value of editing to improve their work.
Collective writing and performing of the poetry led to some reluctant speakers to take a more active role in creating the poem." Sophie Wheeler - teacher - Ashton Gate Primary

Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol
21.02.13

St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne, Wiltshire

"I loved the immediacy of the worskshops and the fact that the children could just get their ideas down, learn them, and perform their poems." Scott Brown, teacher, St Margaret's Prep, Calne, Wiltshire

St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne, Wiltshire St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne, Wiltshire
21.11.12

Prince Rupert School, Wilheimbuschweg, Rinteln, Germany.

"Students learnt the value of speaking out loud. They learnt that poetry is fun!" KLS, teacher, Prince Rupert School, Germany

Prince Rupert School, Wilheimbuschweg, Rinteln, Germany. Prince Rupert School, Wilheimbuschweg, Rinteln, Germany.
22.10.12

Dodderhill School, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire.

"The workshop has made me want to do more poetry because it is really fun writing and performing.' Hannah, pupil, Dodderhill School

Dodderhill School, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. Dodderhill School, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire.
15.10.12

Weston All Saints Primary School, Bath

"Poetry Slam ensured that every child in the school had fun with poetry - and the results were impressive. The enthusiasm and excitement with which the children worked ensured a memorable experience for everyone." Matt Williams, Literature Coordinator, Weston All Saints Primary, Bath

Weston All Saints Primary, Bath. Weston All Saints Primary School, Bath.
05.10.12

Our Lady's Abingdon, Oxfordshire

"We really enjoyed it because it meant we can express ourselves. We would love to do more things like this." Frankie and Claudia,Yr9 pupils, Our Lady's Abingdon

Our Lady's Abingdon, Oxfordshire Our Lady's Abingdon, Oxfordshire
04.10.12

Bearwood College - Senior, Wokingham, Berks.

"Made us want to do more creative things like this." Holly, Evie, Kat and Sarah, Yr 9 pupils, Bearwood College

Bearwood College - Senior, Wokingham, Berks. Bearwood College - Senior, Wokingham, Berks.
04.10.12 Bearwood College - Prep, Wokingham, Berks. Bearwood College - Prep, Wokingham, Berks. Bearwood College - Prep, Wokingham, Berks.
28.09.12 Blundell's Preparatory School, Tiverton, Devon Blundell's Preparatory School, Tiverton, Devon Bearwood College, Wokingham
28.09.12

Blundell's Pre Prep, Tiverton, Devon

"It was a fantastic session which really inspired the children to write poems and to think of descriptive words - which is great for 2 and 3 year olds. Thank you!" Tracey Nash, teacher, Blundells Pre-Prep School

Blundell's Pre Prep, Tiverton, Devon Blundell's Prep School, Tiverton, Devon
27.09.12

Bristol vs Dublin at the Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 2012.

A wonderful night of slamming.

The Bristol team were Jonny Fluffypunk, Anna Freeman, Steven Duncan and Lucy English.

The Dublin team were John Cummins, Elaine Harrington, Ophelia McCabe and Stephen James Smith

Bristol won and Steven Duncan was the overall individual top scorer.

Elvis McGonigall was the guest poet.

We laughed, we were moved, we had a night of spoken word that will not easlly be forgotten.

Pic 1: L to R: Elaine Harrington, Glenn Carmichael. Claire Williamson, Steven Duncan, Anna Freeman, Jonny Fluffypunk, Lucy English.

Pic 2: Glenn Carmichael

The Bristoil vs Dublin slam was part of the Bristol Poetry Festival, with kind support from Bristol City Council and the Arts Council of England South West

Bristol vs Dublin at the Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 2012 Glenn Carmichael, host at the Bristol vs Dublin at the Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 2012
18.09.12

OISE (Oxford Intensive School of English) Bristol.

'This workshop is the only way to develop expression and it is the most radical way to learn to speak clearly. I love it!'
Antoine Moatty-Romain - student, OISE Bristol

' The energy levels were lifted within the school. It gave students a break from routine and out of their comfort zones. The positivity was incredible and it will have boosted students' confidence.'
Jon Crocker - teacher, OSIE Bristol

OISE (Oxford Intensive School of English) Bristo OISE (Oxford Intensive School of English) Bristo
02.07.12

Colston's Girls' School, Bristol

"The workshop leaders delivered the poetry slam with clarity and great enthusiasm. The girls really enjoyed themselves and grew in confidence in just a short space of time. Well done and thank you!" Sheetale Tew - teacher, Colstons' Girls School

Colston's Girls' School 02.07.12 Colston's Girls' School 02.07.12
15.06.12

Shake the Dust, South West Regional Final, The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, Devon.

'Shake the Dust' is a a national youth slam project, organised by Apples and Snakes as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012

14.06.12 'Shake the Dust' Wkshp10: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon.
01.06.12 'Shake the Dust' Wkshp9: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon.
28.05.12 'Shake the Dust' Wkshp8: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon. Rhearsal at Tor Brisdge High 28.05,12 Rhearsal at Tor Brisdge High 28.05.12
25.05.12 'Shake the Dust' Wkshp7: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon. Rehearsal Tor Bridge High 25.05.12 Rehearsal Tor Bridge High 25.05.12
18.05.12 'Shake the Dust' Wkshp6: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon. Writing, Torbridge High 18.05.12 Writing, Torbridge High 18.05.12
11.05.12 'Shake the Dust' Wkshp5: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon.
03.05.12 'Shake the Dust' Wkshp4: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon. Workshop Tor Bridge High 03.05.12 Workshop Tor Bridge High 03.05.12
27.04.12 'Shake the Dust' Wkshp3: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon. Workshop Tor Bridge High 27.04.12 Workshop Tor Bridge High 27.04.12
24.04.12 Kings Hall Prep, Taunton, Somerset King's Hall Prep King's Hall Prep
20.04.12 'Shake the Dust' Wkshp2: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon. Torbridge High workshop 24.04.12 Torbridge High workshop 24.04.12
22.03.12

'Shake the Dust' Wkshp1: Torbridge High, Plymouth, Devon.

'Shake the Dust' is a a national youth slam project, organised by Apples and Snakes as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012

Torbridge High 22.03.12 Torbridge High 22.03.12
27.02.12 Devizes School, Wiltshire Devizes School Devizes School
20.02.12 Warminster Prep School, Wiltshire Warminster Prep Warminster Prep
10.02.12 Notting Hill Preparatory School, London Notting Hill Prep Notting Hill Prep
05.01.12 Bure Park Primary School, Bicester, Oxfordshire Bure Park Primary Bure Park Primary
04.01.12 Bure Park Primary School, Bicester, Oxfordshire. Bure Park Primary Bure Park Primary
18.11.11 Redland High School for Girls, Bristol. Redland High School for Girls Redland High School for Girls
18.10.11 Butcombe Pre-Prep, Bristol. Butcombe Pre Prep Butcombe Pre Prep
07.10.11 Castle Court School, Wimbourne, Dorset. Castle Court Castle Court
17.09.11

Bristol vs Manchester at the Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 2011.

Possibly the best BPF Slam ever.

The Brisol team won.

Ben Mellor, from Manchester was individual winner (photo 1).

Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 2011 Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 2011
05.07.11 Royal Grammar School, Worcester RGS Worcester RGS Worcester
04.07.11 The Russell School, Chorleywood, Herts The Russell School The Russell School
01.07.11 Colston's Girls' School, Bristol Colston's Girls' Colston's Girls'
09.06.11 Ubley C of E Primary School, Bristol Ubley Primary Ubley Primary
03.05.11 Kings Hall School, Taunton, Somerset King's Hall Prep King's Hall Prep
25.03.11 Air Balloon Junior School, Bristol Air Balloon Air Balloon
11.03.11 Hatherop Castle Preparatory School, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
09.03.11 Bordesley Green Girls' School, Birmingham
24.11.10

"Proud2B a Poet" InterSchool Poetry Slam: Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery.

A fast and fabulous InterSchool Slam with 5 Bristol secondary schools perfroming poems on the theme of 'Identity'.

We were blessed to have as our guest Mohammed Yahya, who started the proceedings with some inspirational spoken word.

The wonderful winning team were 'Young Aspiring' from Orchard School (Photo 2) with St Bede's Catholic College's 'Just A Number' as runner-up team (Photo 1). The winning school, and a beautiful suprise, were Orchard School (formerly Monks Park).

Overall an exhilarating and moving event, where some of Bristol's finest young poets told the world who they really are.

Funded by Bristol Legacy Commission, Bristol City Council, Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery and Building the Bridge.

19.11.10

'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp2: 8.45-10.25 Bristol Brunel Academy, Speedwell (Photo 1)

'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp2: 13.00-14.30 The City Academy, St George Photo 2)

18.11.10

'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp2: 10.05-11.50 St Bede's CC, Bristol (Photo 1)

'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp2: 13.45-15.10 Orchard School, Bristol (Photo 2)

17.11.10 'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp2: 13.30-15.00 Fairfield High School, Horfield Bristol
12.11.10 'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp1: 8.45-12.25 Bristol Brunel Academy, Speedwell
11.11.10 'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp1: 9.05-12.20 St Bede's Catholic College, Lawrence Weston, Bristol
08.11.10 'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp1: 8.45-11.45 The City Acadamy, St George, Bristol
04.11.10

'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp1: 9.10-11.35 Fairfield High School, Horfiled, Bristol. (Photo 1)

'Proud2B a Poet' Whshp1: 12.05-15.10 Orchard School, Horfield, Bristol (Photo 2)

Funded by Bristol Legacy Commission, Bristol City Council, Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery and Building the Bridge.

18.09.10 A thrilling InterCity Slam. Bristol vs Glasgow vs Oxford.
Showcasing some of the best spoken word talent from three British cities.
With judges Lucy English, Anna Freeman (last year's individual winner), and Colin Brown.
Hosted by Glenn Carmichael and Claire Williamson.
The winners were Oxford. The individual winner was Oxford's captain Mark Niel, who's second round poem, where he did a strip (Photo 1) created much excitement and astonishment and a lot of laughs.
Another great night at Bristol Poetry Festival.
24.06.10 St John's on-the-Hill School, Chepstow.
22.06.10 All the young poets who participated in the Poetry Academy showcased their work at Barcode Youth Cafe in Weston-super-Mare. The venue was ideal. And the evening proved to be a touching and wonderful event with so much talent on display, and so much warmth from the audience. The subjects varied from personal achievements to overcoming adversities to wanting to meet Johnny Depp, but all the poets expressed themselves with style and depth.
The guest was Anna Freeman who gave a splendid rendition of some of her most popular poems.
And some of the teachers, who had been very supportive throughout, turned up to see the show and a couple even performed.
We hope we can nurture the poetic talent of Weston-super-Mare again some time in the future.
22.06.10 The Poetry Academy - Week 8, Worle Community School, Weston-super-Mare. 'Rehearsal' with Glenn Carmichael & Anna Freeman
15.06.10 The Poetry Academy - Week 8, Broadoak Mathematics & Computing College, Weston-super-Mare. 'Perfromance Technique 2' with Glenn Carmichael
08.06.10 The Poetry Academy - Week 7, Priory Community School, Weston-super-Mare. 'How To Read Poetry' with David Briggs.

07.06.10

St Andrew's Primary School, Wantage
25.05.10 The Poetry Academy - Week 6, Priory Community School, Weston-super-Mare. 'Perfromance Technique 1' with Glenn Carmichael
18.05.10 The Poetry Academy - Week 5, Wyvern School, Weston-super-Mare. 'Different Voices' with Patrick Brandon
11.05.10 The Poetry Academy - Week 4, Worle Community School, Weston-super-Mare. Anna Freeman demystified 'Form'.
04.05.10 The Poetry Academy - Week 3, Broadoak mathematics & Computing College, Weston-super-Mare. David Briggs explains 'Metaphor & Simile'.
27.04.10 The Poetry Academy - Week 2, Westhaven School, Weston-super-Mare. Anna Freeman explored 'Dynamics'.
24.04.10 Under the Edge Arts - Poetry Slam, 8pm, The Chipping Hall, Wotton-under-Edge
23.04.10 Hatherop Castle, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
20.04.10

The Poetry Academy, Priory Community School, Weston-super-Mare. The first in a nine-week pilot project. Administered by the Poerty Slam under the aegis of the Poetry Can. 15 young poets from 5 Weston-super-Mare schools exploring poetry in depth. The first session, facilitated by Sara-Jane Arbury, considered 'What is a Poem?'

Funded by North Somerset's 'Find Your Talent'.

26.03.10 King Edward's School, Bath
22.03.10 Clifton College, Bristol
05.03.10

Weston-super-Mare InterSchool Slam

4 secondary schools: Broadoak, Priory, Worle and Wyvern. 4 teams from each school. The winning team were 'Winning Isn't Everything' from Broadoak. The runner-up team were 'The Italian Mafia' from Priory (Photo 1). And the overall winning school, for the second year running, were Broadoak (Photo 2).

Funded by Find Your Talent - North Somerset

10.02.10 Bruton School for Girls, Somerset
29.01.10 Perrott Hill School, Somerset
22.01.10 Priory Community School, Weston-super-Mare
28.10.09

Bristol University workshop and slam.

Bristol University Students' Union very first poetry slam. We didn't get any photos - which is a shame. There was an afternoon workshop where Glenn Carmichael worked with students - none of whom had ever performed before. They all wrote an original poem and rehearsed it ready for the evening event.


In the evening Byron Vincent was guest poet. Six people slammed.
The winner was Dean McCaffrey with a rap-style poem that captured the hearts of the audience.
Runner-up was Coco Creme with a wonderful comedic piece - a tale of seeing the university's librarian naked in the gym changing rooms, and subsequently never daring to lend any books and consequently failing her exams.
Overall a small but thrilling affair in the true spirit of slam - and as ever the poetry was the most important thing.

29.10.09 St Peter’s Primary, Portishead
19.10.09 Priory Community School, Weston-super-Mare
09.10.09 Clifton College Preparatory School, Bristol
08.10.09 St Francis School, Marlborough
24.09.09

To celebrate the launch of Bristol's new Colston Hall, an exhibition slam: Bristol vs London.
A spectacular evening.
The spread of talent was awe inspiring with a wide and diverse range of some of the best spoken wordsters in Britain.
London were represented by: The Brother's Grim, Jasmine Cooray, Cynthia Hamilton, Keith Jarrett.
The Bristol team were: Lucy English, Agatha Knowles, Julian Ramsey-Wade, Byron Vincent.

It was a close run contest with some funny, some political, some heartfelt, emotional poetry and beautifully delivered performances. Overall an absolutely wonderful evening, the like of which are few and far between. Bristol won (by two points). The individual winner was the hilarious and lovely Cynthia Hamilton (pictured grinning with flowers in photo 2).
The evening was hosted by Glenn Carmichael & Claire Williamson (photo 1). The judges were Matt Harvey (Poet/columnist, Radio 4 & Guardian contributor)), Shagufta Iqbal (Poet & Radio Salaam Shalom DJ) and Colin Brown (Poet and Director of The Poetry Can) - they did a great job of being fair, firm & fun (pictured on the right of photo 1). Matt Harvey was also the best guest poet - showing us all what is possible with heaps of practice and masses of talent.
And a great audience vibe. Brilliant!

05.09.09

Bristol Poetry Festival Slam, Arnolfini Arts Centre, Bristol
Hosted by Glenn Carmichael & Claire Williamson (photo 1)
Bristol vs The Allstars
The new wave versus old guard.
Four young Turks vs four seasoned slammers.
A fantastic night of superb slamming.

The Allstars: Steve Rooney, Alison Brumfitt, A F Harrold, Sonia Hendy-Isaac.
The Bristol team: Anna Freeman, Agatha Knowles, Malusi Banda, Jade Oldfield.

And the Allstars, seasoned professionalism meant that they walked away with the winning team trophy.

Dreadlock Alien was the guest poet.

There is not enough space to rave about the individual poets' work, but this was the kind of slam that left you laughing, but also made you think, and more than that, occasionally transported you into a rhapsodic realm. There was something for everyone - just the way a slam should be.
Bristol's Anna Freeman (photo 2) had the highest overall score and therefore won the 'best individual' award.

12.07.09

Fuse Festival, Lichfield. The event in a tent. A wonderful afternoon. Teams from 9 primary schools (Photo 1) and 9 individual slammers.

Some excellent performances from the primary school teams - with costumes and face paint, hoodies and baseball caps, to enhance their poetry. The winning team was from Millfield Primary and the brave runners-up were from Hollygrove.

There were some unbelievably professional performances from the individuals, with a massive range of styles and content. Themes ran from our addiction to shopping and how justice can be bought by the rich, to rescuing the planet and trusting in God - and of course a Michael Jackson tribute got a look in!

The winner was Mikey (Photo 2), with seasoned stagecraft, he held the audience with his hip hop style, talking about the madness of young people wanting to carry blades, when so many children have been abused and died. And the charismatic runner-up was Bruford Low with his satirical poem about the increasingly popular, ridiculous 'beauty' procedures, ending his performance with the recommendation (as he turned and wiggled his posterior) that we should be who we are and just let it all 'hang out'.

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