Become a SLAMbassador!

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The Poetry Society’s fabulous spoken word competition SLAMbassadors wants your poems and raps on the theme of ‘Identity’.

SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam for 12-18 year olds, has now been running for a decade, involving as many young people as possible in reading, writing, and performing poetry.

Slam is the competitive art of performance poetry before a loud and lively audience. Young people across the UK are invited to enter the championship by filming themselves performing a poem or rap piece and uploading it to our SlamCam YouTube channel.

The theme is identity – who you are, where you have come from, what you see around you and how it affects you and others, cultural identity, national identity, human identity. Click here for ways the theme could be used.

In exciting news, former UK slam champion Hollie McNish is confirmed as the new judge and Spoken Word Icon of SLAMbassadors UK 2013! She will be helping Joelle Taylor, Bea Colley from the Southbank Centre and a representative of the Poetry Society to select six emerging spoken word artists from across the UK. These six winners will work with Joelle Taylor in an intensive masterclass to create a full set, which will be premiered in the Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall at 5pm on 1 November. They will perform in support of Hollie McNish, in a show that will also feature underground DJs and live VJ-ing!

To watch videos of previous SLAMbassadors and find out more about how to enter, visit the SLAMbassadors website.

SLAMbassadors 2013 is now closed for entries, but sign up to Young Poets Network and keep up to date with when the competition opens again! And to get you fired up, read Megan Beech’s sensational review of the SLAMbassadors 2013 showcase at the Southbank Centre, London.

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