Head to Cambridge Junction on 9 December for some spoken-word wizardry courtesy of slam poetry night Hammer & Tongue. Yanking poetry off the pages of dusty books, shaking it up and making it accessible to a new generation, slam poetry is an art form which Cambridge has truly embraced with open arms.
Spiced up with a competitive edge, the events see the best performance poets on the scene verbally battling it out to be crowned the winner. At this month’s event, eight local hopefuls will be competing for a place in the regional final next September. There will also be a headline performance from Hammer & Tongue National Poetry slam champion 2016, Solomon O B. A rapper-poet hybrid who fronts hip hop and funk collective Sounds of Harlowe, this Bristol-based performer has been making waves with his slickly crafted rhymes and deeply personal lyrics. He’s joined by Maddie Godfrey, an Australian-bred writer whose work aims to encourage compassionate dialogue on issues of social justice.
The event is hosted by Fay Roberts and tickets are £7.50 or £4 for slammers.