Hammer & Tongue February

Date:Fri 02 Feb
Price:£7.50 (£6 con) adv / Slammer ticket £4

Time for the next open round of the Cambridge Hammer & Tongue 2017-18 season... Spoken word artistry and competitive fervour. What more could you want?

This is your chance to become part of the spoken word slam brilliance that has graced this here fair city since 2009, in the warm and wonderful surroundings of fabulous venue Cambridge Junction. Sign up as one of the eight to compete for a place in the Regional Final in September, become a judge, or just dive in and soak up the atmosphere and talent on display.

This month...

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall resides somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking, listening to Johnny Cash and throwing things at his telly.

Elvis McGonagall has suffered for his poetry. Now it’s your turn.

“….righteous ire, directed at very deserving targets….McGonagall’s verses are shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power” The Guardian

“….funny, angry and tightly written….McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke….If the word ‘poetry’ is putting you off, get over it” The Scotsman

“the poetry of Elvis McGonagall is a world steeped in the darkest humour, peaty whisky and joy and I love it – it is the profound humanity beneath the punchlines that melts my heart” Salena Godden

Nathan Smith is to poetry what Vegemite is to Bovril; a poor imitation once-removed. Described as a "lonewolf" by London Speakeasy and a "disappointment" by those close to him, his poetry is both without point and meaning. His rejection of poetic orthodoxy and taste will ensure a truly unique performance. 



Hosted by local poet, musician, and unrepentant geek: Fay Roberts

Facebook event here

“Hammer & Tongue have reinvented the medium for the hip hop generation”
The Guardian

“The best live poetry is to be found at The Hammer & Tongue slams”
The Sunday Times

Age: 16+ (language)

Duration: 2 hrs 30mins

Bar and Box Office open 1 hour before show start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.


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