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We are excited to announce that the UK’s most successful literary event – Book Slam – is coming to The House of St Barnabas.
After a brief hiatus, Book Slam returns and is teaming up with The House of St Barnabas and Man Booker to celebrate the most prestigious prize in literature. Guests will include 2016 shortlisted authors PAUL BEATTY, for hilarious and terrifying satire The Sellout and OTTESSA MOSHFEGH, for the utterly remarkable Eileen. The evening also features appearances from spoken word artists POLARBEAR and SALENA GODDEN, as well as live music performances.
Man Booker Slam will take place on Tuesday 18th October 2016, in the beautiful chapel at The House of St Barnabas. Doors open at 6:30pm, the event will start at 7:30pm. Guests are invited to stay afterwards at the not-for-profit members’ club to continue the literary conversation and enjoy the elegant Georgian surroundings.
Book Slam was founded to return literature to the heart of popular culture, they invite authors, poets, singer-songwriters and comedians to a thinking person’s cabaret – over the last fourteen years they hosted everyone from Adele to Zadie Smith; winners of Grammys, Emmys and BAFTAS; the Booker, Orange, Costa, and Forward prizes.
Playing quarterly to a diverse audience of book lovers, the intellectually engaged, and now The House of St Barnabas' members, Book Slam has unparalleled kudos in the book world (of publishers, booksellers and the broadsheet press). With a following more than 20,000 strong, a Sony Award-winning Podcast, a YouTube channel and so forth, Book Slam is a hub for those interested in literature and a trusted arbiter of intellectual, cultural and creative value.
The House of St Barnabas is a charity whose vision is to create a future where lasting work is a reality for people affected by homelessness and social exclusion. Participants in their Employment Academy are given work placements throughout their not-for-profit members' club, enabling them to gain valuable work experience in a vibrant, inclusive and culturally driven space and City & Guilds awards in Hospitality and Employability.