An event to celebrate live literature and the spoken word will be held at The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool on Sunday 14 November. Including a performance poetry workshop, a performance of Afro-Carribbean drum rhythms, Hartlepool’s first Poetry Slam with 15 slots for local writers to strut their stuff and a poetry performance by guest poet and drum master Roi Kwabena.
The Slam invites local poets, rappers and wordsmiths to enter one of the three heats and to see who moves through the semi final and the penalty shoot-out to become the grand finalist. Winners are chosen by the audience response, the rowdier the better. If you fancy a slot register your name by calling Cleveland Arts on 01642 264 651.
“The event aims to raise awareness and interest in the power of words in performance, as well as drawing attention to the many aspiring writers in the area. Slams are great community events and a lot of fun. They are also ideal ways to link poetry to other forms of popular culture like music and image making.”
says Bob Beagrie of Cleveland Arts.
The guest performer, Roi Kwabena centres his creative work around the use of the drum as a cultural tool and his poetry offers his audiences a sense of other cultural heritages.
Performance Poetry Workshop – 4-5.30pm
Drumology Performance – 7.30-8.00pm
Poetry Slam – 8-10.00pm
Poetry Performance – 10.10-10.30pm
TVA is a participatory arts organisation, based in Middlesbrough and working across the Tees Valley, helping people change and improve their lives by taking part in the arts. TVA is a small organisation which makes a big impact in imaginative and unexpected ways.