The Poetry Society's SLAMbassadors UK is now open for entries. Wherever you are in the UK - if you have something to say on the theme of "Identity" - we want to hear it.
"Listening to last year's Slam poets reinforced my belief in the power of the word. These poems were more powerful than any political speech, they were more honest than any lecture, they spoke of history, they spoke of now, and they spoke of the future. It's our duty to write and chat our story because if we don't, some so called expert will do it for us, and if that happens we have no right to complain."
- Poetry Society Vice President and SLAMbassadors patron Benjamin Zephaniah.
SLAMbassadors UK, the Poetry Society's pioneering performance poetry championship, is dusting off its microphone, flexing its lips and sweeping the stage clean to prepare for its ninth year of exhilarating live events!
The national championship is open to all 12-18 year olds living in the UK who write an original two-minute performance piece around the theme of "Identity", exploring their place in the world. It encourages young people to reclaim their voices, edit them and amplify them to the nation.
Workshops that will inspire, advise and film emerging young poets will run across the UK, taking in North Somerset to Tower Hamlets, Leeds to Liverpool, Buckinghamshire to Brixton, and every stop in between. A team of established spoken word artists, rappers and poets will go into schools, youth clubs and theatres to root out young talent. They will each work with aspiring young artists - creating a performance piece and filming it to upload to the SlamCam YouTube Channel, where it will be judged by respected poets and musicians.
But any young person can enter - they do not need to belong to a school or to have taken part in one of the free workshops. They simply need to write a poem or rap around the theme, film the poem, register online and send the MP4 to the Poetry Society.
The deadline for receiving videos is on 29 October 2010. A panel of judges will select the six winners from the online archives, who will go on to attend a masterclass weekend led by SLAMbassadors Artistic Director Joelle Taylor and Adisa The Verbaliser. Here they will sharpen up their acts in readiness for a gala showcase event in November 2010 in London.
Check out the Poetry Society's slam website for full details on how to enter, where the workshops are takingplace, and to watch footage of the poets and rappers.
Source: The Poetry Society