Nine teams of young poets from across the country take the stage in an unparalleled celebration of young people's voices and the power of spoken word. Prepare to be blown away by the energy, originality, honesty and sheer virtuosity of this new generation of writers and performers. The judges, veterans of UK youth slam Charlie Dark, Khadijah Ibrahiim, Steven Murray and Charlotte Higgins have the near-impossible task of crowning a highest scoring team. But true to the spirit of youth slam, 'the point is the poetry'.
This event features a special guest performance from Speech Debelle. Passionate about spoken word from a young age, Mercury Prize Award-winning British hip-hop artist Speech Debelle is a wonderfully honest hybrid of spoken word and hip-hop in today's culture.
Hosted by Shake the Dust Artistic Director, Jacob Sam-La Rose.