Ever wanted to go to Summerversity? If you’re aged 13-19 you can! Book onto a free week of poetry workshops to explore issues around identity, with spoken word legends Joelle Taylor and Travis Alabanza. The week of writing and performance workshops will culminate in an appearance at the Go Islington festival at Highbury Fields. Suitable for all levels and […]
SLAMbassadors UK is The Poetry Society’s national youth slam for 12-18 year olds. Since 2001 it has been unearthing new talent, igniting live events, and developing the future of UK spoken word. The National Championship showcases the seven winners of SLAMbassadors UK 2017 alongside headline performances from spoken word legend and SLAMbassadors Artistic Director Joelle Taylor and poet, playwright […]
Monthly spoken word and music night Out-Spoken, is hosting a special one-off event in collaboration with The Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors programme.
NAGA was only 11 years old when he first hit the stage for the Rise Slam (now SLAMbaddasors UK) in 2007, going on to win his age category. He came back and won the SLAMbassadors national championship again in 2009. Since then he has gone on to work on a wide range of spoken word and […]
Louise Hill was on the winning Rise Slam (now SLAMbassadors UK) teams from 2004 – 2006. Louise is now an established performer, attracting attention for her dramatic monologues and sensual poetry coupled with her arresting performances. “The Slam was the beginning of something epic in my life. This was my gateway into the academic world. […]
Vanessa was a winner of SL AMbassadors UK 2010, performing on stage alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson at the Drill Hall. Her clever, complex and cutting style makes her a favourite of the UK scene, and she has performed at several festivals including Glastonbury, BrizzleFest and Larmer Tree. She has won Poetry Rivals slam and two […]
Aisling Fahey was a winner of SLAMbassadors UK 2009/10 where she performed on stage alongside Scroobius Pip and Benjamin Zephaniah. She was later highlighted as a poet of the future and performed at the Royal Festival Hall, National Poetry Day Live – on the same bill as the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Aisling’s poetry […]
Chris stormed to first place in the Rise Slam championship (now SLAMbassadors UK) in 2006 and quickly became an established part of the national team, touring with SLAMbassadors UK several times over the intervening years. He is a SLAMbassadors UK Poet Coach as well as running his own company Make Dreams Reality who lead motivational […]
Anthony Anaxagorou was the first critic’s choice winner of SLAMbassadors UK in 2002 (known as Rise Slam at the time) and he returned to the slam the next year, before departing to make music with his band. He came back with a vengeance the following year, performing live for SLAMbassadors at the 02 Arena in […]
Catherine was one of the winners of the SLAMbassadors UK competition in 2010 and has since gone on to perform across the UK, lead workshops and set up her own company. She performed as a part of National Poetry Day Live at the Royal Festival Hal in 2011 alongside poets such as Simon Armitage, Jo Shapcott and […]
Megan Beech was the winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam 2011. She has performed at venues including the Southbank Centre, Latitude and Glastonbury Festivals and the University of Cambridge. Her debut collection ‘When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard’ was published by Burning Eye Books in December 2013. Megan […]
Charlotte Higgins is a former Foyle Young Poet and was a participant in the Hands across the border poetry project. She won the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors performance poetry competition in 2012.
Since 1998 over a thousand young poets have come through our Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, and SLAMbassadors UK spoken word championship. You can see some previous winners below. In addition, we work with a number of young poets on one-off projects. Our previous Young Associates, who have worked on new initiatives with us, […]
Jay Bernard is a writer from London, and the author of two previous pamphlets, English Breakfast (Math Paper Press, 2013) and Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (Tall Lighthouse, 2008). Jay is a film programmer at BFI Flare and a regular columnist at DIVA magazine. Jay was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2005. Jay is also a previous winner […]