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Four Letter Word Slam - Durham's Annual Slam Competition

(22 November 2019)

We're back in Caedmon Hall next Wednesday 27 November, with Durham's Annual Slam competition where 12 poets will battle it out in two rounds to be crowned Durham's Slam champion 2019! With featured poet Talya Stitcher and sacrificial poet Prerana Kumar - come along for an evening of poetry, great hosts and all the emotions... Tickets are free for members or £3 for non-members on the door.

We're very excited to announce that the featured poet for the evening is Talya Stitcher! Talya is a Queer Jewish poet, photographer and cat-lover. She currently co-produces Sounds Queer, Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ variety performance night, and is also project manager for Slam of the North. She is the Ilkley Literature Festival Slam Winner 2019 and placed as runner up in her heat at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam 2019. An alumni of Leeds Spoken Word Society committee, she coached their 2018 team for national competitions in both the UK and the US. Talya also founded a poetry club whilst studying abroad which went on to host artists such as Carol Ann Duffy. Her work has been described as “warm and relatable, with an ability to vibrantly capture the small moments”. Some of her featured performances include Leeds Queer Film Festival, BBC Radio Sheffield’s National Poetry Day Show, TEDx Utrecht and The Vagina Museum’s Edinburgh Fringe launch.

Our sacrificial poet for the evening is Prerana Kumar, an Indian spoken word artist who likes chasing dragons, chugging coffee and spends a lot of her time giving out free hugs. She is the winner of the Say Owt Slam 2018 and won the Verve Poet of the Slam prize for best individual performance at UniSlam 2019. She was also a BBC WordsFirst Finalist (2019). She has performed at spoken-word events across the UK. She has been published in The Writer’s Cafe, The Verve Community Anthology, and Use Words First.Her poetry revolves around identity, love, loss and occasionally, a healthy dose of nyctophilia.

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