SLAMbassadors UK wants your spoken word

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 14 years, 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 emailing your video to us or uploading it to our SlamCamYouTube channel.

The theme again this year 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.

Over the last 14 years of slamming, SLAMbassadors UK has worked with the most high profile and prestigious names in contemporary performance poetry and spoken word, including Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish, Linton Kwesi Johnston, Adisa, Dorothea Smartt, Mark Grist, Dizraeli and Kate Tempest.

We are now delighted to announce that Anthony Anaxagorou has been named as the 2015 Judge! Joelle Taylor, founder of SLAMbassadors, originally met Anthony in 2002 when he entered the very first London wide slam championship. Shy, complex and low on self-confidence, Anthony’s poetry shone out and he went on to be one of that year’s winners. One of SLAMbassador’s biggest success stories, Anthony has since published 8 collections under his own label Outspoken, formed a spoken word club that has been at the forefront of making spoken word and poetry popular enough for the media to notice again, published a collection of short stories, written for Cirque Du Soleil, created an album of poetry and music, and completed a tour of Australia.

Watch Anthony’s own poem about identity, ‘If I Told You’

Anthony will help choose the 6 entries that will go on to form the SLAMbassadors UK team, and will headline the showcase featuring those 6 up-and-coming spoken word artists on 25 October in the Royal Festival Hall, London. The event will also feature a performance from Joelle Taylor, poet, playwright, author and Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK.

You can book your free tickets to this event in advance via this email.

If you need any more inspiration to enter SLAMbassadors 2015, take a look at the recent winners. Visit the SLAMbassadors website for loads of videos throughout the years or watch one of last year’s winners, Sadia Ahmed, performing her poem ‘Emotional Euthanasia’:


Sending in your poems

This opportunity is for poets aged between 12-18 and living in the UK. The deadline is Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Your entry must be on the theme of Identity and must be a video of your performance. You can use beatbox, rap, mc-ing, polyvocal and acapella as well as poetry and spoken word. You can enter in groups of up to 5 people, as well as on your own.

You must complete an entry form with your video. If you are under the age of 16, the entry form will need to be signed by your parent/guardian, and sent in by post.

By sending us your video and consent form, you are giving us permission to upload it to our YouTube Channel – but we are happy to take videos down if requested,

To download the entry form and for full guidelines on how to enter SLAMbassadors 2015, visit the website

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