Poetry Slam

From 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm come and see 10 amazing poets battle through spoken word to see who will be crowned the HLF 2022 Slam Champ. Expect to be entertained, moved, lifted and transported by competitive poetry! Hosted by award-winning poet Rose Condo.

1st Prize: £50, and a guest spot at the HLF2023 Poetry Slam.

Want to apply to take part? Send a video (max length three minutes) of you performing your work to (it’s fine to use a phone to record your video). The deadline to apply is 1 March 2022.  See below for T&Cs.

Rose Condo is an award-winning Canadian poet based in Salford. She studied Theatre & Drama at the University of Winnipeg and earned her MA in Theatre & Development Studies at the University of Leeds. Rose has been writing, performing and teaching for over 20 years, and she is the Mentoring Manager (North) for Arts Emergency. Her debut poetry collection After the Storm was published in 2020 and she has won awards for her projects and shows, which include, The Empathy Experiment, The Geography of Me and How to Starve an Artist. She has hosted and won many Slams.

Terms and Conditions

  1. To apply please send a video (max length three minutes) of you performing your work to (it’s fine to use a phone to record your video). The deadline to apply is 1 March 2022.
  2. We will only view one application per person. Further applications will be ignored.
  3. The deadline for applications is strictly 5pm on 1 March 2022. We regret that we cannot view any applications received after this time.
  4. Successful artists should hear back from us by five working days after the deadline.


  1. Poetry must be your own original work
  2. No singing or props.
  3. There will be two rounds. The poets will draw numbers from a hat and perform in that order. In the second round, the order will be reversed.
  4. Poets have 3 minutes to perform their poetry. The clock starts from the very first thing you say – including hello.

Points will be deducted for over-running as follows:

1-9 seconds minus 1 point

10-19 seconds minus 2 points

20-29 seconds minus 3 points

30 seconds minus 4 points, the host will stop you, you’ll be judged on your incomplete poem.

  1. The poets will be scored out of 10 in two categories. Written content and quality of performance. The highest total score over both rounds wins £50. In the event of a tie, there will be a final sudden death round.
  2. Judges’ decisions are final. Please remember the slam motto: “The points are not the point, the poetry is the point.”

Places are limited due to venue capacity
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Venue: Small Seeds

Age Guidance: 16+

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Open Mic hosted by Sharena Lee Satti

A welcoming Open Mic hosted by Bradford-based poet Sharena Lee Satti. Bring your poems, short prose pieces, raps and enthusiasm for spoken word.

Slots may be restricted to three minutes depending on numbers attending.

Sharena Lee Satti is a passionate poet who writes about her own personal life, current environmental issues, social stigmas, homelessness and more. She considers writing as integral to her existence as eating or breathing.

Her poetry collection She was published in 2020 by The Verve Poetry Press, covering a long career as an inspirational live poet, host and workshop tutor. Her poems are real, raw and honest, addressing issues such as survival, cultural-identity, life’s battles, self-love, body dysmorphia and many other subjects that people struggle to speak out about. Her love of nature is also evident.

Free (booking recommended)
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Age guidance: 16+

Pete Paphides – Broken Greek: A Story of Chip Shops and Pop Songs

“Do you sometimes feel like the music you’re hearing is explaining your life to you?” Music journalist Pete Paphides talks about his heartfelt, hilarious and beautifully written coming-of-age memoir.

When Pete’s parents moved from Cyprus to Birmingham in the 1960s, they had no money and only a little English. They opened a fish-and-chip shop in Acocks Green, where Pete learned about coin-operated machines, male banter and Britishness.

Shy and introverted, Pete stopped speaking from age four to seven and found refuge instead in pop songs. From Brotherhood of Man to UB40, from ABBA to The Police, music provided a safety net from the tensions of his home life and the challenges surrounding school, friendships and phobias such as visits to the barber, standing near tall buildings and Rod Hull and Emu. With every passing year, his guilty secret became more horrifying to him: his parents were Greek, but all the things that excited him were British.

Broken Greek won the RSL Christopher Bland Prize 2021 and was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

“Fantastic … Can’t recommend it highly enough.” Tim Burgess

“An exceptional coming-of-age story.” Marina Hyde

“Lip-lickingly, dance-around-the-living-room good… A smash hit.” Observer

“Paphides has made a career out of music writing, and his skills in that field have long been clear. But here, he does something much more singular, describing the deep impact music can have on a particular sort of child, long before they are aware of the codes of cool that dictate what one should and shouldn’t like.” The Guardian

Pete Paphides started his career in music journalism at Melody Maker before going on to write for Time Out, the GuardianMojoQObserver Music Monthly and The Times, where he spent five years as their Chief Rock Critic. He has made several documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and has been a regular contributor to BBC Four music documentaries and hosted two series of ‘Vinyl Revival’ for BBC 6 Music. Since 2015, he has hosted a weekly music show for Soho Radio and also runs his own record label, Needle Mythology. He is married to the writer and journalist Caitlin Moran. Broken Greek is his first book.

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