Unislam 2021

The UniSlam Festival holds many events that are open to the public. Below is a preliminary schedule of festival events which are open to the public.

Coaching sessions

(free and open to any prospective team, student or faculty member) 

Monday 25thth January – Toby Campion (intro to UniSlam, coaching a team, Q&A) 

Monday 1st February – Second City Poets (developing group pieces, team writing)

Team registration deadline – Monday 15th February, midnight

To register, teams will need to complete the registration form and pay the £50 registration fee. We encourage each team to have one member (coach, team member or sub) who is NOT a final year student. 

Video submission deadline

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS – Tuesday 2nd March, midnight 

Teams must have registered by Monday 15th February to enter UniSlam 2021. To enter, teams must submit 4 videos of 4 separate poems, each with a different team member as primary author. Poems may not be longer than 3 mins 20 secs. Props are not allowed (including backing music) – reading from a notebook or piece of paper is fine unless being used theatrical device or prop. Videos must be a single, unedited, one take shot. Please ensure sound and picture quality are high enough to hear the poem and watch the performance. There is a no-repeat policy at UniSlam 2021: poems submitted in prelims may not be repeated at any stage of the competition. Videos will be viewed by judging panel who will determine the 8 teams progressing to Semi-Finals. We aim to announce the decision within the week.  

SEMI FINALS – Saturday 13th March, midnight 

GRAND FINALS - Monday 22nd March, midnight

UniSlam online workshops

(only open to registered teams) 

Monday 22nd February, 7pm-8pm – Artist TBC 

Monday 1st March, 7pm-8pm – Artist TBC 

Monday 8th March, 7pm-8pm – Artist TBC 

UniSlam 2021

(only open to registered teams) 

Saturday 20th March – Semi-Finals rounds broadcast 


Friday 26th March – Official welcome, Online workshops, Coaches & Volunteers Showcase 

Saturday 27th March – Artists Panel, Grand Finals, Celebration event

Sunday 28th March – National Youth Poetry Showcase 




UniSlam has worked with some of the most celebrated and exciting voices in contemporary poetry to deliver the highest quality range of workshops, talks and masterclasses for our participants. These industry experts and professional artists also host and judge our slam rounds, giving quality feedback to our competing poets. Over the years, they have included the following:


Inua Ellams  –  Andrew McMillan  –  Jacob Sam-La Rose  –  Kayo Chingonyi  –  Hannah Silva  –  Joelle Taylor  –  Luke Kennard  –  Bridget Minamore  –  Aliyah Hasinah  –  Jenny Lindsay  –  Rachel McCrum  –  Vanessa Kisuule  –  Bohdan Piasecki  –  Yomi Sode  –  Maria Ferguson  –  Rob Auton  –  Roger Robinson  –  Jess Green  –  John Berkavitch  –  Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson  –  Aliyah Hasinah  –  Spoz  –  Liz Counsell  –  Amerah Saleh  –  Khadijah Ibrahiim  –  Laurie Bolger  –  Bridget Hart  –  Ben Norris  –  Erin Bolens  –  Sophia Walker  –  Gabriel Jones  –  Sophie-Louise Hyde  –  Akshay ‘Mr Shay’ Sharma