Wordlife Presents: Off The Shelf Slam Party!
Wordlife runs the largest annual poetry slam in South Yorkshire. This is where 8 local poets slug it out to be named Off The Shelf Slam Champion judged by the audience. Also featuring featured sets from acclaimed punk poet and Forward nominated Tim Wells, and Manchester based poet Keisha Thompson.
A poetry slam is lyrical jousting for the youtube generation. 8 poets slug it out in a competition judged by members of audience. Forget berets and bicycles, think more handbags at dawn. The poets are fighting for the title of 'Off The Shelf Slam Champion', A paid gig at a future Wordlife event, and a place in the UK national slam championship in January held at The Royal Albert Hall. For more information on how to sign upto the slam email firstname.lastname@example.org
As founding editor of the poetry magazine Rising, Tim Wells has published the work of writers such Sean O'Brien, Roddy Lumsden, August Kleinzahler, Annie Freud, John Stammers and Matthew Sweeney. His work as a poet and performer has seen him touring the U.S. (a dozen times), translated into German and Chinese, working as a guest poet on Radio London and as Writer in Residence with Tighten Up, the East London reggae sound system. His Boys' Night Out in the Afternoon (Donut Press) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2006. In autumn 2013 Tim published Keep the Faith, a short collection of his music-related poems, with Blackheath Books. His most recent full collection, Everything Crash, was published by Penned in the Magins in September 2015.
Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and singer who has been writing since her primary school days. By age 16 she had been published in three anthologies. She has continued to publish and perform her work at various local, national and international venues. In 2012, Keisha wrote feminist solo show “I Wish I had a Moustache” which she has presented at Contact Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, STUN and Belgrade Theatre. In 2014, she released her debut EP, Abecedarian. Last year, she was commissioned to write a poem from Plan International’s global campaign for International Day of the Girl 2015, titled “Yet”. She is currently working on a new solo show with Benji Reid, STUN theatre and Black Gold Festival.