Gig Dates

2016 DATES


July 5th 7.30pm Boomerang Club,The Rutland Arms,  Hammersmith W9 with Kat Francois

July 12th 10.30am The Place, a SLAMbassadors gig with headline performances from Hollie McNish and Akala. Contact for free ticket reservations.

July 13th 7.30pm Laurie Bolger’s Book Launch! Upstairs at the Roebuck Pub, Dover Street London SE1

July 14th 11am Soho Theatre A SLAMbassadors gig with featured performance from Joshua Idehen. 


March 16 Find the Right Words Upstairs at the Western with Jess Green, Toby Campion and John Osbourne.

March 24 7pm £15/11 Mother Foucault Loco Klub Clock Tower Yard Bristol BS1 6QH with Sabrina Mahfouz, Vanessa Kisuule and Salena Godden.

March 31 7.30pm Bang Said the Gun Bloomsbury Theatre with Ross Sutherland plus Bang crew Rob Auton, Lauria Bolger and Dan Cockrill.

April 5th Nottingham Write Minds book launch. Info to follow

April 14 Electric Kool Aid Cabaret with Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie among a host of Eurapean poetry stars.

April 14-17 T-Junction Teeside International Poetry  Festival featuring Jean Binta Breeze, Amir Dawish, George Szirtes, Tony Harrison, Shezea Quaraishi and many more.

May 13 Beatfreaks info to follow

June 29th 7.30pm  Out-Spoken The Forge, Delancey Street, Camden, London NW1 with Keith Jarrett, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Adam Kammerling and Shay D – plus floor spots from SLAMbassadors. The launch of our first SLAM anthology A Fistful of Heart, in partnership with Out-Spoken and the Poetry Society.

 2015 DATES


September 9th – The Outsider Lectures, Union Chapel, Islington, London N1 7.30-11pm

September 30th – Brave New Word, SLAMbassadors 15 Years Celebration – House of Vans, Railway Arches, Waterloo Station London SE1 7-8.30pm. A magnificent line up including NAGA emcee, Ollie O’Neill, Megan Beech, Hussain Manawer, Sadia Ahmed and Anthony Anaxagorou.


October 1st – Shoreditch Town Hall with Joseph Coehlo and Michael Rosen 5.30 -7.30pm

October 7th – Intercity Flow book launch – Spirit Level, Southbank Centre, LOndon SE1 with Andy Willoughby, Bob Beagrie, Jacob Sam La Rose, Will Tyas, Ollie O’Neill, Rachel Long and others 7pm onward

October 8th – National Poetry Day LIVE, Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall 12-6pm. A day packed with poets programmed by the Young Producers, including Patience Agbabi, Alice Oswald, Greeds, John Hegley, Karen McCarthy Woolf and more

October 25th SLAMbassadors UK national youth slam showcase, headlined by Joelle Taylor and Anthony Anaxagorou Royal Festival Hall 4-7pm More info

October 29th Pentonville prison – performance with Chris Preddie OBE and Joshua Idehen



August 6th 

Wilderness Festival

August 29th TBC:

Shambala Festival somewhere in a field at some time or other. See you there.

February 25th 7pm:

JAWDANCE at Rich Mix, Shoreditch. Apples and Snakes massively popular open mic night. Hosting.

March 11th 7pm:

Queen Mary University, International Women’s Day celebration with Vanessa Kisuule and Bridget Minamore.

March 19th 7.30pm:

Poetry Island at the Blue Walnut cafe in Torquay, with incredible line up of local poets including Lucy Lepchani, Robert Garnham and host Ian Beech.

May 11th 7pm:

Hammer and Tongue London, feature slot with open mic slam beforehand.

May 13th (time tbc):

Speaking Volumes at British Library, Foyer area. European Literature Night.  An amazing line up of British and European poets take over the British Library and prepare the stage for the legendary Saul Williams.

May 26th-29th 7-9pm

Burning Eye Books gig in Bristol Libraries including Portishead, Keynsham, Yatton, and Midsomer Norton. Poets from the label will also be leading workshops and mentoring sessions for young people and adults in each of the libraries, and Clive Birnie will be talking about Burning Eye and his revolution in spoken word publishing. Email me for details. Free.

May 28th 7pm:

JIBBA JABBA wicked spoken word night in Newcastle.

May 30th:

Poets Vs Emcees, Brighton. I’ll be leading the Poets against the mighty Dizraeli.

2014 DATES

September 28 4-11pm

Hip Hop House Party with Lyrically Challenged, One Taste and Lyrix Organix at POW Live £10 featuring Dean Atta, LCC Collective, Chester P and way, way more

October 2 12-6pm

National Poetry Day Live at the Royal Festival Hall, Clore Ballroom FREE. Hosting an incredible line up of poets and spoken word artists with John Hegley – including Raymond Antrobus, Julia Donaldson, Jean Binta Breeze, Kei Miller, Joshua Idehen and exclusive films with Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish and Dizraeli. I will also be doing a set and am featured in a new film. I am particularly excited about this NPD as it has all been programmed by the Young Producers.

October 6

Resonance FM 104.4fm 8pm Featured Guest on Leanne Boyle’s show

October 22 7.30pm Rich Mix, London EC1

Jawdance – hosting the biggest open mic night in the country for Apples and Snakes

October 24 Southbank Centre 12-1pm Level Five Function Room

Performance and panel discussion Girls in Gangs

October 25th 4-7pm Royal Festival Hall, Clore Ballroom

Performing a headline set for Shot from the Lip youth slam festival

October 28th The Hurst, Arvon Foundation

Guest Poet on the lovely, noisy Mouthy Poets with Debris and Jacob Sam La Rose

October 31st 4-7pm Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall

SLAMbassadors Winners Showcase, with DJ Hussain’s House, Vj Harper and a headline set from Mark Grist. My favourite gig of the year!

November 5 7.30pm

Book Club Boutique performing a set at the legendary BCB in Vout-O-Renee, The Crypt, 1 Prescott St, London EC1 Totally stupidly awesome salon hugging drink drenched smoky kind of night.

November 6 6.30pm

BOOK LAUNCH!!! My new collection The Woman Who Was Not There (Burning Eye Books) will be launched at the Phoenix Arts Club  1 Phoenix Street, London (below the Phoenix Theatre) WC1, and will also feature some magical spoken word artists in support – Salena Godden, Anthony Anaxagorou and Raymond Antrobus plus a surprise guest.

November 12 7.30pm Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle

Radikal Words – feature set at an amazing North Eastern spoken word night.

November 18 7pm Wycombe Swan Hall

SLAMbassadors Bucks Slam Championship! Hosting and performing

November 19 7pm  the Bridge, Middlesborough

Electric Kool Aid Cabaret with Andy Willoughby, Ollie O’Neill and others



2013 DATES

October 3rd 2013
National Poetry Day: Live. Royal Festival Hall, Clore Ballroom. Hosting with John Hegley plus set. Free. 12-6pm.
September 27th 2013
Freestyle Fridays on Reel Rebels Radio. New weekly spoken word show featuring Joelle Taylor and The SLAMbassadors. 6-10pm
September 25th 2013
SLAMbassadors UK – judging day with Hollie McNish. All day Poetry Society.
September 21st 2013
Outspoken. The Star of Kings, 126 York way, London N1 £10  7pm.
September 20th 2013
Freestyle Fridays on Reel Rebels Radio. New weekly spoken word show featuring Joelle Taylor and The SLAMbassadors. 6-10pm
September 19th 2013
Chill Pill at Albany Theatre, Deptford. 7.30pm £7/5
September 18th 2013
Burn After Reading, The Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 
September 13th 2013
Freestyle Fridays on Reel Rebels Radio. New weekly spoken word show featuring Joelle Taylor and The SLAMbassadors.
September 11th 2013
She Grrrowls, The Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 £10
September 5th & 6th 2013
Poetry film premier Isle of Skye. 
July 26th 2013
Poetry School – Spoken Word master class. Contact Poetry School for reservation and details.
July 18th – July 21st 2013
Larmer Tree Festival. Hosting Lyrical Lostwood stage 9pm each evening
July 17th 2013
Holloway Prison – with Story Slam Live and English PEN
July 4th 2013
Soho Theatre 10.30am SLAMbassadors gig for Tower Hamlets
June 26th- June 30th 2013
Glastonbury Festival. Hosting Poetry and Words Tent, Circus Field. 12-6pm every day
June 25th 2013
Apples and Snakes – The Writers Room master class
June 21st 2013
Round Chapel Hackney – Junior SLAMbassadors Showcase 1pm
 June 6th 2013
SLAMbassador Sessions, Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden
April 26th 2013
F.A.M.E event (Reel Rebels Radio) with John Hegley on board Stubnitz party ship. The SLAMbassadors will also be performing over this wicked 3 day festival.
March 11th 2013
Poetry by Heart performance and workshop with RSC
10am Roundhouse Theatre
March 8th 2013
Assembly performance Parliament Hill School, Highgate NW6
March 7th 2013
Day:Women of the World Festival, Royal Festival Hall
Evening: The SLAMbassador Sessions, Poetry Cafe, London WC2H 7.30pm
March 4th
La Swap, Sixth Form Assembly performance London NW6
February 19th
Imagine Festival, Royal Festival Hall London SE1
February 18th 2013
Southampton Nuffield Theatre
February 7th 2013
The SLAMbassador Sessions
7.30pm Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden London WC2H
January 25th 2013
SLAMbassadors UK Buckinghamshire Slam Championship


The tour will inlclude visiting 11 schools across the country for SLAMbassadors UK (Poetry Society) and leading a 2-day workshop in each venue:

November 12th and 13th

Aylesbury High School

Mandeville School

November 14th and 15th

The Grange

The Buckingham

November 19th and 20th

Beaconsfield High School

Wye Valley

November 21st and 22nd

Amersham School

Great Marlow School

November 28th and 29th

Misbourne School

Princes Risborough School


November 8th

Pentonville prison – performance and slam alongside Chris Preddie OBE

November 7th

Heathmere Primary School – a part of the Poetry Society’s Look North More Often project where children help to write the poem that will decorate the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.

November 6th

The Aconbury Centre, Hereford. Performance and workshops.

October 4th 2012

National Poetry Day Live.  Host with Roger McGough plus 15 minute set alongside major UK poets, including Danny Abse, Grace Nichols and John Cooper Clarke. Free from 1pm in Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.

* followed by appearance on the OneShow 7pm (creating a poem from viewer’s suggestions)

27th September 2012

Bang Said the Gun. Featured performance at legendary spoken word club 8pm

August 18th 2012

Poet in Residence at Royal Collections, Buckingham Palace for The Anantomist. Commissioned poetry and open workshop.

August 17th 2012

Festival of Us. Gig at Cottons, Exmouth Market, London 7.30pm

July 7th 2012

Judge at Shake the Dust, national team slam FINALS. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.  2pm

July 5th 2012

Poet and host of SLAMbassadors UK Tower Hamlets at Soho Theatre. 11am

April 1st 2012

SLAMbassadors UK National Finals at 100 Club, Oxford Street, London 7pm


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