On 18 November 2018 we celebrated another year of SLAMbassadors at King’s Place, London. Eight young poets took part in a writing and performance masterclass led by Joelle Taylor across the weekend of 17-18 November. They then performed brilliant new work created in the masterclasses at Sunday’s Showcase. Big up this year’s SLAMbassadors Aaisha Alfathi, Precious Olisaokafor, Matt Sowerby, Joshua Eyakware, Destiny Adeyemi, Noah Jacob, Beth-Ellen Hollis and Jaeden Koshoni!
These young writers shared the stage with four emerging artists, hand-selected by Joelle Taylor for their raw talent: Katie Walters, Matt L.T. Smith, Aoife O’Connor and Bex Gordon. They performed powerful, emotional sets that brought tears to the eyes of many of our audience members.
This year’s SLAMbassadors Showcase was an extra special – and sad – one as it marked the end of Joelle Taylor’s time as SLAMbassadors Artistic Director. She spoke about the history of SLAMbassadors, starting as the Rise Slam in 2001, and the impact and legacy it has achieved since, including all the lives the programme has touched over the years. Former SLAMbassadors Anthony Anaxagorou and Ollie O’Neill also took to the stage and spoke about how SLAMbassadors changed their lives and performed inspirational pieces. The night was headlined by Joelle, who received a standing ovation and a huge thanks from SLAMbassadors past and present. Stay tuned for what’s next in The Poetry Society’s spoken word programme for young poets, rappers and MCs.
For more information about SLAMbassadors and to see previous winners on film, visit the SLAMbassadors website and listen to The Poetry Society’s recent podcast featuring Sam Saxx, Joelle Taylor and our incredible SLAMbassadors from 2018.
Photographer: Hayley Madden for The Poetry Society.
17 December 2018