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.
Here is an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting to develop the skills for
performing their poetry in front of an audience. Steve Larkin, sharing 10 years
experience, will lead an introductory workshop to be held at Fusion Arts: East
Oxford Community Centre, Princes St, Oxford on
Monday 6th Dec 7:30 – 9:30. Cost: £2.50 or £2.00 conc.
If you have already graced a poetry stage but feel you could benefit from a few
tips and pointers then this session will be immensely useful.
Likewise if you have been sat in an audience wandering if you can make your own
writing work on a stage then this session is also for you.
We will be analysing slam techniques from the professionals as well as providing
a safe environment for anyone who wishes to share their work or ideas. Although
this is just a one off session it will give a taste for a comprehensive
six-week course being scheduled for the New Year (details to come). Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 200550 if you are interested in taking
part so that we can cater around the number of people turning up.
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 Ireland (TBC)
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
Call 01865 200550 for details