This poetry/spoken word slam, hosted by Jenni Pascoe will see 12 performers competing to win audience votes and become the first JibbaJabba Slam Champion at The Word.
It promises to be a fast-paced night of spoken word shenanigans featuring some of the best poets and comedic poets the north has to offer.
Joining us for the evening and making a special guest appearance is Scott Tyrrell, the BBC Poetry Slam Champion and UK Anti-Slam Champion 2015.
Scott has been writing and performing poetry and comedy since the turn of the century. An award-winning comedian as well as multi slam winning poet, he has performed his work around the UK, Europe and at many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Prague Fringe, WOMAD, Larmer Tree and Glastonbury – where he was Poetry Blogger in Residence in 2015. He is author of two collections of Poetry; most recently, the warmly received ‘Grown Up’ published by Red Squirrel Press.
“Scott is one of those rare poets who can have you belly-laughing one moment before stunning you with some powerful poignancy the next. He is a super-engaging performer whose charismatic stage presence is backed up by a depth and diversity of high quality writing.”- Dan Simpson, Canterbury poet in residence 2013-14
“I have been fortunate to perform alongside Scott on a few occasions at both Glastonbury and Larmer Tree festivals, and each time he has astounded the audience and left them simultaneously creased with laughter and wiping their eyes. Poignant, powerful and undoubtedly poetic” – Joelle Taylor, Slambassadors, the Poetry Society
“Scott’s poetry is as funny as the finest stand-up comedy with razor sharp punch lines that hit in just the right places. But it also has heart. Scott is one of the best live stand up poets in the country" – Kate Fox, Radio 4 Saturday live poet in residence
Jenni Pascoe - Host:
Jenni Pascoe is a multi-slam winning North East poet with a penchant for purple.
Past performances include the Big Chill Festival, Northern Stage, Newcastle Pride, BBC Slam, Lindisfarne Festival and many appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as headlining at various local events, University of London, and Jawdance.
Jenni is the founder of JibbaJabba, and curates and hosts events throughout the region and beyond. She also runs workshops in writing and performance for schools, youth groups, and anyone else who is interested.
Jenni strongly advocates the wearing of hats!
‘Theatrical, witty... a laugh out loud performance’
Booking is essential.