Monday, April 25, 2005
Hammer And Tongue annual FINAL
Hammer And Tongue annual FINAL
Hammer And Tongue annual FINAL
Tue 3rd May at The Zodiac doors 7, show 8-11
"The best live poetry can be heard at the Hammer and Tongue Slam." - The Sunday Times
With the best of the 2004 - 2005 season in a showdown to see who is the best of the biggest slam in The UK.
With Special guest feature Jim Thomas.
Jim has performed all over the world from Australia, The Philippines, The USA and even Outer Mongolia but quite perversely has never been featured at the "living breathing monster" of a gig he helped set up in Oxford.
This is the first chance to see the award-winning poet and techno-activist in action and the last before he leaves us for a long and well-earned break.
A rare chance to see a rare talent give it all.
A must see.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Event: Hammer And Tongue
Time: Tuesday 5th April 2005
Venue: The Zodiac 192 Cowley Road, Oxford
Description: Open Poetry Slam (last of the season) with Special Guests Beyonder (London) and Leviathan (Toronto)
Details: Doors open 7p show 8 – 11 live hip hop til 12 £6 / £4 conc.
More details to follow......
Monday, February 21, 2005
The Place: The Zodiac, 192 Cowley Road, Oxford.
The Date: Tuesday March 1st 8-11 pm (Doors open at 7.30 pm)
Tickets £6; £4 concessions
The UK’s first ever Women-Only Poetry Slam will take place at the Zodiac on March 1st!
In celebration of International Women's Day Hammer and Tongue, Oxford's premier poetry arena, is organising 'The Women's Poetry Slam,' an unmissable line up of top female poetic talent. Eight women poets will take to the stage to compete for the title of 'Women's Slam Champion' in a democratic competition that allows its participants to express themselves in a warm, receptive party atmosphere, whether they’re novices or professional poets. Men are welcome to attend, but the Slam is women-only.
Organiser and slam champion Sophia Blackwell said: ‘Hammer and Tongue has showcased some amazing women poets since its launch in October 2003, but, female slam competitors are nearly always outnumbered by men, this event will redress the balance.’
The night will feature guest artists:
Rosie Lugosi,Manchester’s lesbian vampire cabaret queen, described as ‘hugely entertaining,’ (Carol Ann Duffy) ‘a mix of leather, laughter, whips, opera and pathos,’ (The Federation Magazine) and ‘a cross between Shirley Bassey and Motorhead,’ (Manchester Evening News)
Malika Booker, London's highly acclaimed ‘spoken word pioneer,’ (World Literature Today) who crosses cultures and arts to create beautiful, bittersweet poetry.
Sounds will be provided by special guest MC Angel from London, a fearless, consciousness-raising battler with an unique approach to UK freestyle.
Hosts Claire ‘Radical Supergirly,’ Fauset and Sophia ‘Sassy Sappho,’ Blackwell, both previous Hammer and Tongue Slam Champions, will bring their own brand of wild womanhood to the night.
The Women’s Poetry Slam is a community project, proudly associated with International Women’s Day events in Oxford and anti-sweatshop campaigns. Art and information will be available and funky fairtrade fashion-related merchandise will be on sale. Chocoholics will be catered for with a ritual feast of organic fair-trade truffles provided by local food artist Miche. Be entertained, inspired, and indulged at this one-off night out!
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Tue 1st Feb
The Four Nations Slam
Tue 1st Feb
With some of the greatest and most successful poets from both sides of the Atlantic.
Representing Canada the all conquering Vancouver team that have taken North America by storm including CR Avery the amazing beat box blues artist
A team from Limerick, Ireland
The best of UK (With winners from major slams in the UK)
And led by Taylor Mali (arguably most successful slammer of all time) an all star USA team
Tuesday 1st February upstairs at The Zodiac
Ticket £8.50/£7.50 in advance £9.50 door
Call 01865 200550 for details
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Two poets that took on the world and won
The Launch Of THE NAIL
We are going to end our 2004 slam run with a international bang! This months
Hammer And Tongue has lined up two world beating poets, first of all from The
US of A Buddy Wakefield who can boast two International Slam Champion titles
(after winning huge competitions in Rotterdam and in USA). Secondly, from just
up Cowley Road, we have Steve Larkin who recently travelled abroad to win the
title of Spoken Word Olympic International Champion at Canada’s largest ever
As always the highlight will be The Open Poetry Slam in which the first 8 people
to sign up at the door get their 3 minutes of East Oxford fame, there will be
dinner for the winner, and some sort of celebration of Chanukah which starts on
Poetry runs from 8 – 11 and then if you are a budding MC the music will kick in
and DJ Kid Fury from Passion FM will lead an open mike for anyone to share
their freestyle rhymes until 12ish.
About the poets: Buddy Wakefield was The International Poetry Champion at the
2004 Poetry Festival in Rotterdam and also Champion of the 2004 International
Poetry Slam in North Carolina. He is known for delivering raw, rounded, high
vibration performances of humour and heart while shifting social paradigms and
assaulting cross-cultural barriers through powerful accounts of release… and
hes good. Damn good.
Steve Larkin describes himself as “just this guy … you know?”
Isis Magazine recently described him as “an activist who cares passionately
about his community, and uses street lyricism to jump across a range of
contemporary issues. The paragon of self-conscious 21st century living”. Don’t
smile. See www.stevelarkin.com.
Doors open at 7pm show starts 8 £6/£4conc be there it’ll be great.
Our much-anticipated publication “The Nail” will be launched at the December
Hammer And Tongue. This is an A4 quarterly magazine that features poems from
regulars of the poetry scene in Oxford and beyond and reviews of live
literature events. The first issue features George Roberts on Mikey Smith and
Sophia Blackwell on her experiences of The Cheltenham Literature Festival Slam
and plenty of excellent poetry.
The magazine is edited by East Oxford Love-Magnate Dave Todd on behalf of Hammer
And Tongue; submissions for the next issue in the spring will be welcome.
Please send them to Dave Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org or by the
traditional means to 30 Maidcroft Road Oxford.
Bring extra pennies on the night and be one of the first to buy a potentially
collectable first edition.
2005 (The Chinese Year Of The Slam Poet) just gets better for Hammer And Tongue – to prove it we are going to kick off in the new year with an entire evening dedicated to perhaps the most memorable performer of 2004: Taylor Mali (see www.taylormali.com).
For those who missed his performance at the Big Slam in May New Yorker Taylor Mali is one of the most successful slam poets ever and probably the worlds top slam strategist.
He has led 6 teams to finals the US National poetry Slam (winning four of those) -
stars in Slam Nation and the film Slam. He is funny and thoughtful and driven
by a passion to convince the world to become teachers - An American satirist
that demands your attention. An Evening With Taylor Mali will be held at The
Vaults and Gardens Organic Cafe (Radcliffe Square Oxford City Centre) on
Tuesday 11th January (N.B. NO HAMMER AND TONGUE ON THE FIRST TUESDAY).
Tickets for this will be £7 / £5 conc. and will be extremely limited. Please
email email@example.com or call 01865 200550.