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Hammer & Tongue Cambridge featuring Raymond Antrobus plus The Strawberry Slam Champs




nominated by: Fay Roberts

Date: 12 June 2013, 20:00

Order your cheaper advance tickets via Eventbrite: http://htc-june13.eventbrite.co.uk/

Time for the last open round of the Cambridge Hammer & Tongue 2012-2013 season... Spoken word artistry and competitive mayhem. What more could you want?

This is your last 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 The Fountain. Sign up as one of the eight to compete for a place in the Regional Final next September, or just dive in and soak up the atmosphere and talent on display. And some great beer.

Tickets are a silly £6.50/ £5/ £3 on the door with further ludicrous discounts online (see above). Doors are at 7:30pm; kick-off at 8pm. There's also a bar upstairs... :D

Raymond Antrobus is a spoken word poet and photographer, born and bred in Hackney. He is co-curator of Chill Pill and Keats House Forum. He has performed along side authors and poets such as Margret Atwood, Michael Horovitz, Lemm Sissay, Benjamin Zephaniah & Kwame Dawes. Raymond appeared on series 5 of BBC Radio 4’s Bespoken Word. He has been performing poetry since 2007 and is the International Farrago slam champion 2008, Anti-Slam Champ 2010, won “Best Performance by a London poet” at the Farrago annual poetry awards 2010 & Canterbury Word Slam Champ 2012. He’s performed at Literature Festivals at London’s Southbank Centre and Universities nationwide. Raymond has also toured Germany, Italy, South Africa & USA.

He is currently among those piloting Europe’s first MA in Spoken Word Education/ Writing & Teaching Programme at Goldsmith’s University. His first short collection of poetry, “Shapes & Disfigurements Of Raymond Antrobus” is out now on Burning Eye Books.

For interviews, poetry, spoken word events and social commentary, visit http://www.raymondantrobus.com/

And he’ll be supported by the winner and top runners-up of the Strawberry Slam - the youth slam at Cambridge’s Strawberry Fair. Check out http://www.strawberry-slam.org.uk/ for details and a sneak peek...!

Hosted by Fay Roberts.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/522899211104176/

Fancy Slamming?

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 30 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 moves on.

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 and can then go on to compete in things like the Radio 4 slam championships, the international slam championships, etc.

Aspirant competitors can sign up either by rocking up as doors open on the night (typically 7:30pm for an 8pm start) or by booking slam tickets in advance online (£2 from Eventbrite - the relevant link is above). You can “express an interest” by emailing your name in advance, but that only gets you on the reserve list until you pay on the door (£3).

There are no limitations on style of poetry - a typical slam will see sonnets, blank verse, hip-hop, rhyming iambic pentametric couplets and more all cross the stage - and we’ve seen winners who’ve read their poems out from the written version (paper, kindle, phone, beermat) so, while there are advantages to learning your pieces off by heart, it’s not a requirement!

Contact Information

name: Fay Roberts
phone: 07904 488009
email: cambridge@hammerandtongue.com
website: htc-june13.eventbrite.co.uk

venue: The Fountain, Cambridge
12, Regent Street
Opposite the University Arms Hotel



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