We had a wonderful night at our Belfast Book Festival poetry slam last night, with a packed audience there to enjoy some excellent live poetry and honour the memory of a Belfast poetry pioneer, Brian Bailey.
After three high-quality and close scoring rounds, one person emerged victorious... congratulations to David Braziel, our Slam Champion 2017 and inaugural winner of the Brian Bailey Memorial Cup!
David saw off fierce competition in the final round from Patricia Devlin-Hill, Nathan Armstrong and Anthony Ferguson, who each put in a brilliant display over the three rounds.
A big thank you to our receptive and loving audience, our guest judges Peter Francis Fahy, Charmain J Porter and Bill Jeffrey, along with Jane Bailey and Fred Van't Sand for their moving tributes to Brian on the night. Many thanks also to the amazing, hard-working festival team at Crescent Arts Centre for all their support and assistance!