Poetry Slam

Highlights from the Radio 4 poetry competition. Spoken word performers from all around the country battle it out for the title of Radio 4 Slam Winner 2007.

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This semi-final from the Drill Hall in London includes competitors from the South East, South West, Midlands, Wales and Scotland.

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This semi-final comes from Manchester and features performers from the North of England, Scotland and Ireland.

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The grand final comes from the Bristol Poetry Festival.

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Radio 4's Radio 4's 2009 Poetry Slam kicked off with performance poets competing in heats all round Britain for a place in the semi-finals, the first of which was held at The Bluecoat in Liverpool and hosted by popular poetry performer, slammer and former Poet Laureate of Birmingham, Dreadlock Alien.

The competition was fierce, the energy high and the rhymes came thick and fast as nine poets battled it out for a place in the final.

They were: Ash Dickinson, Harry Giles, Mark Madden, Ben Mellor, James Oates, Abby Oliveira, Scott Tyrell, Sohia Walker and Michael Wilson.

A slam is a knockout performance poetry competition in which poets perform their own work to a time limit and are given scores based on content, style, delivery and level of audience response.

In the space of two minutes, performers must demonstrate their word-play, performance skills and inventiveness; over two or three rounds, poets are knocked out until one top scorer emerges as the winner.

Slams attract a wide range of performers and styles, from heartfelt love poetry to searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines, and bittersweet personal confessional pieces.

The first semi-final of Radio 4's 2009 national Poetry Slam, hosted by Dreadlock Alien.

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The first of two semi-finals from the Radio 4 poetry competition, in which spoken word performers from all around the country battle it out for the title of Radio 4 Slam Winner 2009. Hosted by poetry performer Dreadlock Alien and recorded at The Bluecoat in Liverpool.

Nine regional heats have been held, from Exeter to Edinburgh via Birmingham, Belfast, Brighton, Newport, Newcastle, Manchester and London, with two performers from each heat getting through to the semi-finals.

The first of two semi-finals from the Radio 4 poetry competition.

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Radio 4's Radio 4's 2009 Poetry Slam second semi-final was held at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading, where nine slammers battled it out for a place in the final.

They were: Catherine Brogan, Alison Brumfitt, Danny Chivers, Kit Lambert, Simone Mansell Browne, Brenda Reade Brown, Deanne Rodger, Pete the Temp, Liv Torc.

A slam is a knockout performance poetry competition in which poets perform their own work to a time limit and are given scores based on content, style, delivery and level of audience response.

In the space of two minutes, performers must demonstrate their word-play, performance skills and inventiveness; over two or three rounds, poets are knocked out until one top scorer emerges as the winner.

Slams attract a wide range of performers and styles, from heartfelt love poetry to searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines, and bittersweet personal confessional pieces.

The second semi-final of Radio 4's 2009 Poetry Slam, hosted by Dreadlock Alien.

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The second of two semi-finals from the Radio 4 poetry competition, in which spoken word performers from all around the country battle it out for the title of Radio 4 Slam Winner 2009. Hosted by poetry performer Dreadlock Alien and recorded at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading.

Nine contestants from all around the country battle it out for three places in the final.

For free tickets for the recording of the Poetry Slam final, at the Conservatoire in Birmingham on Tuesday 6th October at 7pm, please visit the Birmingham Book Festival website or ring 0121 303 2323.

The second semi-final from the Radio 4 poetry competition.

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Radio 4's 2009 Poetry Slam came to its high-octane climax at the Birmingham Book Festival, where six competitors from all over Britain battled for the title of Radio 4 slam winner.

The competition was fierce and the rhymes came thick and fast as the six performers who had made their way through tough regional heats and the semi-finals faced this final test of their poetry and performance skills.

They were: Kit Lambert, Mark Madden, Ben Mellor, Deanna Rodger, Pete the Temp and Michael Wilson.

A slam is a knockout performance poetry competition in which poets perform their own work to a time limit and are given scores based on content, style, delivery and level of audience response.

In the space of two minutes, performers must demonstrate their word-play, performance skills and inventiveness; over two or three rounds, poets are knocked out until one top scorer emerges as the winner.

Slams attract a wide range of performers and styles, from heartfelt love poetry to searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines, and bittersweet personal confessional pieces.

The final of Radio 4's 2009 Poetry Slam, hosted by Dreadlock Alien.

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Six finalists from around the British Isles compete at the Birmingham Book Festival, held at the Birmingham Conservatoire, for the title of Radio 4 Poetry Slam winner for 2009. Hosted by performance poet Dreadlock Alien, who is on home ground as a former Birmingham Poet Laureate.

A slam is a knockout performance poetry competition in which poets perform their own work to a time limit and are given scores based on content, style, delivery and level of audience response. In the space of two minutes, performers must demonstrate their wordplay, performance skills and inventiveness; over two or three rounds, poets are knocked out until one top scorer emerges as the winner. Slams attract a wide range of performers and styles, from heartfelt love poetry to searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines and bittersweet personal confessional pieces.

Slams began in the United States in the 1980s. The slam scene quickly spread from cities like Chicago and New York and is now thriving all around the world. There are hundreds of slams run regularly in clubs, bars, pubs, theatres and at festivals all over Britain every year. The very best contemporary slam talent from the current scene will be highlighted in this final programme of the Radio 4 Poetry Slam, as slam winners from all round the country pit their skills against one other.

Six finalists compete for the title of Radio 4 Poetry Slam winner for 2009.