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All events are held in the heart of Leamington's Creative Quarter
at the fabulous Temperance Licensed Bar & Cafe, Bath St, Leamington Spa, CV31 3AF
JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED FOR THE SCRIPTSTUFF POETRY SLAM CHAMPIONSHIP AT #LEAMPOFEST21!
Local writer, poet, journalist and advocate,Monica Brown is Chair of the Judging panel and will be scoring contestants on their poetic content.
Sarah Methuen is a professional artist, theatre practitioner and highly experienced acting tutor who will be judging contestants on audience engagement and use of their time.
Tina Sederholm is a renowned poet and author who has just published her latest book "This is Not Therapy". She will be judging the Slammers on their technical structure.
YOU THE AUDIENCE!
Random audience members are selected to represent the peoples' choice, and everyone can cheer their favourites to try and sway the judges' scoring!
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
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Saturday October 23rd
12.oo - A Mixed Bag of WIP Shows
2pm - Tre Ventour lecture "Desiring Whiteness"
3.15pm - Sunita Thind Workshop "Malaysian Fairytales"
4.30pm - META4 - Poetry from Coventry's finest
6pm - Warwick LitSoc Open Mic Night
7.30pm Girls vs Boys Comedy Double Bill
Sunday October 24th
12.00 Big Poetry Quiz and Lunchtime Open Mic
1.30pm Young Poet Laureate & Young Open Mic
2.30pm Word Guerrilla's Slang Jam!
4pm - Kezzabelle Ambler Workshop "Weaving Words"
5pm - Kezzabelle Ambler "Permission to Speak"
6pm - Andy Gilbert "The Poetry Teacher"
7.30pm Annual Scriptstuff Poetry Slam & Open Mic
A MIXED BAG OF SPOKEN WORD SHOWS - WORKS IN PROGRESS
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD Midday - 1.30pm
Fabulous half-hour samples from three emerging poets and performers as they each put together their one-man shows. Could be brand new material, could be old favourites, but see and hear how their work is developing as they perform their own selected snippets to accompany your Saturday lunchtime!
Midday: Markey Mark Symmonds - "Pineapple Frits & Battered Bits"
12.30pm: Clive Oseman "What if they Laugh at me?"
1.00pm: The Chubby Northerner - "Love the Chub"
TRE VENTOUR - DESIRING WHITENESS: INTERPRETATIONS OF RACE AND EMPIRE IN THE JANE AUSTEN CANON
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD 2.00pm-3.00pm
In this 60-minute lecture presentation, Race and Black History Educator Tre Ventour looks at the works of poet and author Jane Austen and discusses her role in relation to race and empire and how we think about National Trust buildings, monuments and grounds.
SUNITA THIND - MALAYSIAN AND SINGAPORIAN FAIRYTALES & ANCIENT POETRY
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD 3.15pm-4.00pm
Come and join us for a writing workshop all about Malaysian fairy tales. Learn about the history of the form, how they are written, and try to write some yourself. We welcome speakers of all languages and encourage you to write in any language you want to!
The workshop will be hosted by Sunita Thind, a singer, writer, model, spoken word artist, creative writing teacher and Ovarian Cancer survivor. She has published two books of multicultural poetry which will be on sale throughout the festival.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD 4.30pm-5.30pm
Four of Coventry's finest poets share the poetry love. Raef Boylan, Andrew Button, Ann Atkins and Dangermouse are friends and regulars of the Scriptstuff poetry community, and with their show "Meta4" they come together to offer a hugely entertaining and thought-provoking hour of local spoken word joy.
WARWICK LITERATURE SOCIETY: OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT!
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD 6.00pm-7.00pm
Join Society President Tanisha Bhatara and the students and literary enthusiasts from Warwick University's WLS for an evening of open mic poetry love! You don't have to be a LitSoc member to get your name on the open mic list, anyone can come along and have a go, but whoever takes the mic this is sure to be a superb evening of poetic variety with something for everyone.
GIRLS VS BOYS: THE COMEDY DOUBLE-BILL OF POETRY
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD 7.30pm-10.00pm
Girls? Boys? Poetry? Can any of them ever really be funny? Yes they can! Join our two teams of comedy poetry performers and see for yourself as we launch into an entire evening of poetic hilarity. A double-bill of genders separated only by a twenty minute interval; only you can decide who wins; the boys or the girls?!
THE SCRIPTSTUFF DROP-IN BIG POETRY QUIZ & LUNCHTIME OPEN MIC
SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH Midday-1.30pm
Festival Director Mike Took hosts a laid-back Sunday lunch time with an informal poetry quiz and open mic slots available to all-comers. No teams, no writing things down, just show up any time and shout out some answers to win the admiration of your host and people at neighbouring tables. In amongst the quiz questions you can take a turn on the microphone and share some of your own poetry wit and wisdom, or maybe just sit back and enjoy things with a cake, a beer or a cup of artesan tea.
WARWICKSHIRE YOUNG POET LAUREATE AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S OPEN MIC
SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH 1.30pm-2.00pm
Join the newly-selected Warwickshire Young Poet Laureate as they perform samples of their own poetry to a real-live festival audience. Representatives from Warwickshire Libraries will be on hand to talk about the ongoing Young Poet Laureate scheme, and some of this year's hopefuls will be invited to perform their work as well. This is also a fantastic opportunity for any budding junior poet to have a go on the open mic; anyone aged 2-17 can have a go at reading or performing one of their favourite poems or even something they have written themselves!
WORD GUERRILLA'S SLANG JAM!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH 2.30pm-3.30pm
Join Word Guerrilla to experience a high energy performance poetry show featuring beatboxing and looping. Then, get creative yourself and using known and newly created slang, write and perform Slang Jam couplets to beatboxed beats! Suitable for all ages including children, all you need is a sense of fun and adventure!
KEZZABELLE AMBLER - WEAVING WORDS CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH 4.00pm-4.50pm
Kezzabelle Ambler is a published performance poet and Weaving Words Facilitator. Her creative expression workshops give the opportunity to express thoughts and feelings in different styles for all abilities and ages in a relaxed setting.
She uses humour and her love of words and people to insightfully uplift and inspire; showing how the pen can become a tool for life.
KEZZABELLE AMBLER - PERMISSION TO SPEAK
SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH 5.00pm-5.30pm
The Bard of Northampton, Mistress of Mischief & wordsmith wench playfully weaves her wit & wisdom to express & connect her innermost thoughts.
"She's a liberated gal, with forward-thinking, thought-provoking, sometimes provocative, light-hearted and funny spoken word."
- Sonnets, Beats n Vibes.
"A Happening Waiting to Happen"
-Kenneth J Nash - Old Hotel Records.
ANDY GILBERT - THE POETRY TEACHER
SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH 6.00pm-7.00pm
The self-proclaimed No. 1 poetry teacher in the UK delivers a masterclass before performing a new genre combining poetry, storytelling and theatre. His work is considered to be both vulgar and deluded but the sincerity of Gilbert cannot be doubted. Suitable for ages 15+
"The kind of show that would work much better with a late Friday night audience" Ian Parker Heath, Shaftesbury Fringe
3RD ANNUAL SCRIPTSTUFF POETRY SLAM CHAMPIONSHIP & OPEN MIC
SUNDAY OCT 24TH 7.30pm-10.00pm
Three knock-out rounds of top-quality poetry slamming, all judged by our panel of guest judges and YOU the audience! Awesome prize bundle up for grabs to the ultimate winner. Competition is open to anyone with or without slamming experience, see details and register by October 10th via our website www.scriptstuffpoetry.org.
Want to take part but not compete in the slam? Open Mic slots available to pre-book, on the door or even during the interval, and if you just want to be there but not get on the mic then come along and be a random audience judge!
"That was awesome. Unbelievable. And I don't even like poetry" Scriptstuff Slam audience member.
POETRY BOOKS ON SALE ALL WEEKEND AT TEMPERANCE CAFE
All weekend in the Cafe
A wide selection of poetry books will be on sale all weekend from both festival performers and local poets. Payment can be taken by cash or contactless card. Copies of the Scriptstuff Lockdown Anthology will be available; a local publication featuring contributions from 45 poets from the Scriptstuff Poetry community. You can also order your copy now by clicking the button below.
NO TICKETS ON SALE - IT'S ALL FREE, JUST COME ALONG.
Some performers may invite you to contribute a "Pay What You Want" donation - but there is absolutely no obligation to pay anything at all and the Leamington Poetry Festival remains completely free for everyone to attend.
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