Sunday, 8 September 2013

SUNDAY NIGHT NEWS - Competitions, Festivals and Slams

This week, I put on my judges hat, to be part of the panel picking the winning entries for the Museum Booklet art and creative writing competition.

The brief was to write a poem, compose a short story or create a piece of artwork based on museums in the East of England, and we had a enormous response! The standard of submissions was incredibly high, and it was a really difficult task to decide on the winners. That being said, I am really pleased with the creative work we've chosen. As well as being a fantastic anthology of writing and visual art, it also reflects the wonderful range of museums and artefacts available to see throughout East Anglia.

So thank you to everyone who submitted a piece of work to the competition. I really enjoyed looking through them all, and it's lovely to know that the East of England is home to so many talented artists and writers! It's going to be a really great collection!

This weekend I was invited to perform in the Talkative Tent at the Peterborough Festival. I did two sets, one on the Saturday and one on the Sunday afternoon, and the crowd were warm and welcoming for both performances. I also had the chance to try out a few new poems, and they seemed to go down quite well.

I stuck around for as much of the poetry as possible, and saw some great sets from local poets Mark Grist and DJ Mixy, Keely Mills and Toby Wood, and the Peterborough Poet Laureate Simon Stabler. It was great to see some storming performances from out-of-towners too, including some beautiful nature poetry from Elaine Ewart, a fantastic performance from lyrical balladeer Catherine Woodward, and an intense and powerful set from Tess Gardener. The Pint of Poetry crew completed the weekend, and the whole thing was a fantastic, exhausting experience. I can't wait to slip back into the Talkative tent again for next year's show!

This week, the pressure is on! Wednesday night is the regional final of the Hammer and Tongue Poetry Slam in the city of Cambridge. I'll be competing against some truly incredible spoken word talent, and I am equal parts excited and utterly terrified! The seven finalists - Will Brown, Riaz Moola, Justina Kehinde, Tess Gardener, Aryn Clark, Antosh Wojci, and me - will be competing for the change to represent Cambridge at the National Hammer and Tongue Slam Championships in London in June. 

It's going to be *so* good!

Tickets are available now. The show starts at 8pm on Wednesday 11th September at the Fountain Inn on Regent Street, Cambridge. See you there!

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