The next UniSlam tournament and festival will be held in Birmingham Friday 6th - Sunday 8th March 2020 and is set to be our largest tournament to date.
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.
We are excited to announce that the judges/workshop leaders for the 2020 year’s Grand Finals are Caroline Bird, Rachel Long, Vanessa Kisuule, Bridget Minamore, Bridget Hart, Sierra DeMulder, Second City Poets and Romalyn Ante.
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
Registrations for UniSlam 2020 are now closed.
Registrations for the National Youth Poetry Showcase 2020 are now closed.
Subsidised tickets for the Grand Finals will be available for school groups and youth organisations. A reduced ticket cost of £5 per ticket (full price £12) is available, with a free ticket for group leaders with group of 8 young people or more. Tickets will be available on the Hippodrome website soon.
Poetry Practitioners Round Table on Higher Education
As the popularity of spoken word has grown over recent years, the visibility of poetry performance in university settings and academic discourse has also begun to increase. Dynamic and genre-pushing courses, modules and programmes exist at universities across the country but cross-working between institutions often remains limited. In addition to the teaching of spoken word as an artistic practice, performance poetics are a growing area of research and publication. Several new books on UK spoken word are about to be published and this is the perfect time for the academics involved in this area to share experiences and ideas for collaboration
As part of UniSlam 2020, the UK National Inter-University Poetry Slam & Summit, we are hosting an event for poetry practitioners who work in higher education settings, specifically those who consider performance within their practice or research, to come together, develop networks and share best practice. The event will be hosted by poetry educator Pete Bearder and begin with a reading from his latest book Stage Invasion: Poetry & The Spoken Word Renaissance (Out-Spoken Press, 2019), followed by a guided round table discussion addressing issues in researching this area and what it means to be a spoken word facilitator in university settings today.
The event will be held on Sunday 8th March 2020 at the Birmingham Hippodrome between 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Attendance is free of charge but spaces are limited so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 21st February to confirm attendance. Participants are also invited to attend the UniSlam Grand Finals at 6:30pm following the event.