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Swindon Slam!

Swindon Festival of Literature

Swindon Arts Centre

Sat 7 May

Swindon Slam!

SWINDON SLAM! – hosted with charm and good cheer by Sara-Jane Arbury, aided and abetted by Steve Rooney, and applauded and enjoyed by YOU!

Welcome to the twentieth Swindon Slam! – an opportunity for poets of any age, experience or pedigree to take their gaze off the page and do it on stage; to share their verve and verse with a supportive and appreciative audience; to seize their moment to stanza and deliver!

This is what happens. Poets who want to have a go, apply to enter as soon as possible. Numbers of competitors is limited – numbers of applaudience is not! On the night, competing poets are called up on stage to perform for three minutes each. From then on, it’s a knockout! Kindly judges, chosen from the kindly audience, decide who inspires and who expires. But whatever their fate, all competitors can expect a rush of adrenalin, roars of applause, chunks of chocolate and showers of flowers. Everyone is a winner and gets a prize, even if it’s only a choccy haiku. But only one poet becomes the twentieth Swindon Slam champion and carries off the bubbly-filled trophy.

If you want to compete, email: or phone 07814 830031.

Hosting proceedings, and juggling judgements with wit, wisdom, and whistle, will be svelte, intro-writing, marvellously-mistressy mic madam Sara-Jane Arbury; and likeable, laid back, selfless, slick and smouldering Steve Rooney.

Tickets: £8.00*
Concessions: £7.00*

*A 50 pence per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for Wyvern Friends; Groups of 10+ please call 01793 524481 to buy fee-free.