Poetry NI and Aspects Festival are teaming up to bring you the North Down heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam. Join us at 7.30pm on Saturday 26th September in the Festival Marquee, down at Project 24 in Bangor Marina.
Now in its 24th year, Aspects runs from 23rd - 27th September, offering a diverse and exciting programme showcasing the wealth of local talent along with Aspects favourites and special guests. The events range from spoken word to crime, theatre to comics and from history to poetry.
Bring your poems from page to stage and enter our live event, at which poets read original work. Just register at the start of the night if you want to enter, with names being drawn out from the hat at random to read. You have three minutes to compete in, and our judges will score who goes through to the next round. The outright winner will be crowned ‘Aspects Poetry Slam Champion’!
As a special deal with Aspects, anyone who buys a ticket for our slam also gets into see Polarbear, one of the most respected spoken word artists in the UK, performing immediately after the slam at 9pm in the marquee. So essentially you get two great poetry events, one fantastic evening of poetry, for only a fiver.
We doubly pleased to announced that poets David Braziel and Christopher Mclaughlin will be supporting Polarbear, furthering the festival's commitment, and our own, to promote local talent.
This is a first stage event in selecting Ireland's top eight poets for the All Ireland Poetry Slam. The top two poets will join winners from other regional heats across Ulster in an All-Ulster final (Fri 2nd October - Enniskillen - Blakes of the Hollow).
From there, two winners join six other poets from across Connacht, Leinster and Munster in the grand final, which this year will be held in Belfast (date to be confirmed). One poet will walk away with the prestigious crown of All Ireland Poetry Slam Champion.
Any poet that goes over the three minute time limit will be eliminated.
No musical accompaniment.
All poems must be your own work.
All poems must be read on your own- no duets/group pieces.
Any breaking of the rules leads to disqualification!
Good luck everyone!