The SFL 2020 Poetry Slam

Saturday, 28th November 2020, 16:30 - 18:30

Date & Time

Saturday, 28th November 2020

16:30 - 18:30


Online Event

The SFL 2020 Poetry Slam

About this event


If you've never been to a poetry slam, they can seem daunting. But here’s the secret: they’re really not. Yes, they're competitions where 15 poets go head to head and the audience (or judges) vote for a winner in each heat, but if you think of them as open-mic events with an added twist you won't be far wrong.

Slams vary slightly, depending who’s running them, but wherever you are, the night always ends up with one poet being crowned the ‘winner’. The important thing is, they're a lot of fun.

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In a PPP slam, each poet gets three minutes at the mic in each heat. Emma is ruthless with her timekeeping and they could lose points.

Expect fast-moving, high-energy entertainment. Expect whooping, cheering, and hollering as the judges make decisions based upon the quality of the writing, the performance skills of the poet and the audience response! The winner gets a gig at next year’s festival. Let battle commence !

Now, this year's Slam will be slightly different as, due to current circumstances, it will be a Virtual Competition, taking place entirely online.

But you'll be in capable hands. The PPP Collective know what they're doing. It's going to be great!!!

The above illustration is of last year's finalists with the winner, Colin Wells, in the centre!

PLEASE NOTE - *This event maybe contain adult language and subject matter, so tickets are for 16+

The Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists

In 2016 three poets held a meeting in a pub in Wolverhampton. They drank beer. They talked about poetry. They hatched plans. By the end of the evening, they’d decided they should form a collective, “Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists” and see where that led them. In April 2017, it led them to their first full-length show. Imaginatively, they called it “Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists” and unleashed it on the world at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton. They had a lot of fun. The audience did, too.

Dave Pitt is an award winning playwright and performance poet. He has performed across the country as a poet and MC, had two books published and several plays performed across the world.

Colin Wells

Steve Pottinger is a prize-winning poet who has performed across the UK and Ireland, in pubs, clubs, and at festivals. He’s also co-written three punk autobiographies and is the driving force behind Ignite Books.

Emma Purshouse is a free-lance writer and performance poet from the Black Country. In October 2019, she became Wolverhampton’s first ever Poet Laureate, a post she’ll hold for two years. She’s also a poetry slam champion and performs her work across the country. Emma is co-author of ‘The Nailmakers’ Daughters’ (Offa’s Press). Her children’s poetry collection ‘I Once Knew a Poem Who Wore a Hat’ (Fair Acre Press) won the Rubery Book Award for poetry in 2016. In 2017 Emma won the ‘Making Waves’ international spoken word competition judged by Luke Wright. Her first full length collection ‘Close’ (Offa’s Press) was published in October 2018.

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