Poetry Slam


If you think poetry isn’t for you, think again!

This fast-paced evening promises to deliver high impact poems from many different performers – some will be funny, some will be sad and some may even be controversial. The evening will be a poetic rollercoaster and will showcase both established and amateur poets who will be performing and competing for the audiences’ votes. The votes will eliminate your least favourite poets round by round and ultimately crown our All Star Pro Slam title.

Hosted by nationally known performance poet Kate Fox this exhilarating and sensational evening will feature some of the best poets the North has to offer!

Joining us for the evening is Scott Tyrrell, the BBC Poetry Slam Champion and UK Anti-Slam Champion 2015 and Jenni Pascoe a multi-slam winning North East poet. It promises to be a fantastic event you don’t want to miss.

If you would like a chance to win the title come along to our Poetry Slam Writing Workshops that will help you develop your skills before the event!

About Kate Fox

Kate Fox has made a living as a stand-up poet for 10 years performing her solo comedy shows from Edinburgh Festival to the Southbank Centre; she has also been broadcast on Radio 4. She is a regular speaker on panels and radio shows and a writer of poems, stories and journalism. Kate is two years into a full-time PhD at the University of Leeds, looking at class, gender, Northernness and solo stand-up performance and is folding her new research into her practice as a comedian and poet, and her poetry and comedy into her research.

About Scott Tyrrell

Scott has been writing and performing poetry and comedy since the turn of the century. An award-winning comedian as well as multi slam winning poet, he has performed his work around the UK, Europe and at many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Prague Fringe, WOMAD, Larmer Tree and Glastonbury – where he was Poetry Blogger in Residence in 2015. He is author of two collections of Poetry; most recently, the warmly received ‘Grown Up’ published by Red Squirrel Press.


  • “Scott is one of those rare poets who can have you belly-laughing one moment before stunning you with some powerful poignancy the next. He is a super-engaging performer whose charismatic stage presence is backed up by a depth and diversity of high quality writing.” – Dan Simpson, Canterbury poet in residence 2013-14
  • “I have been fortunate to perform alongside Scott on a few occasions at both Glastonbury and Larmer Tree festivals, and each time he has astounded the audience and left them simultaneously creased with laughter and wiping their eyes. Poignant, powerful and undoubtedly poetic” – Joelle Taylor,  Slambassadors, the Poetry Society
  • “Scott’s poetry is as funny as the finest stand-up comedy with razor sharp punch lines that hit in just the right places. But it also has heart. Scott is one of the best live stand up poets in the country” – Kate Fox, Radio 4 Saturday live poet in residence

About Jenni Pascoe

Jenni Pascoe is a multi-slam winning North East poet with a penchant for purple.

Past performances include the Big Chill Festival, Northern Stage, Newcastle Pride, BBC Slam, Lindisfarne Festival and many appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as headlining at various local events, University of London, and Jawdance.

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