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A huge thank you to everyone who came out last night to support our finalists. What a wonderful evening! Massive congrats to Tom Denbigh for a well deserved win and to Anna Beecher our runner up! Both of these awesome poets will be performing at the Hammer and Tongue National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend and we will be there cheering them on!!
Also well done to Maddie Kate our other runner up (it was an exact tie!) who will ...be performing at the finals anyway so kindly stepped aside at the last moment. And huge love to Anna May Rowan and Tristram Fane Saunders for being amazing finalists!
Our feature Solomon O.B was INCREDIBLE and brought such power and stillness into the space I don't think anyone breathed for about half an hour!
So, for those of you who weren't there last night to hear it from the Horse's mouth (pardon the venue pun) last night was actually our final show...Caroline and I have loved taking H&T from Camden to Waterloo and it has been a wonderful few years for both of us. Waterloo has had a cracking year and last night made us smile so much, to know we had created and maintained a safe and friendly space for new and experienced poets to share their words. We will be sad to say goodbye but so happy to leave on such a high to pursue other ventures.
Thank you so so much to everyone who came to our events over the past year and who supported the transition from North to South. Please keep in touch and don't be strangers.
There is still Hammer & Tongue Hackney for those of you worried about getting your London fix and of course the Genesis Poetry Slam once a month if you can't bear to be parted from Caroline and I!
Other than that, all that is left to say is thank you, goodbye and, to quote the one and only ABBA:
"At Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
And I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself
Waterloo I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo finally facing my Waterloo"
Love Sara Hirsch and Caroline Teague xxxxx
Our REGIONAL FINAL is days away people!!
Introducing our amazing finalists:
Join these incredible poets as they battle it out to be crowned Waterloo Slam Champion and win a place in the National Slam Finals at the Royal Albert Hall!
We also have the brilliant Solomon O.B as our feature and we couldn't be more excited!
Join us on 4th Jan for a spectacular celebration!
Hammer & Tongue Waterloo Regional Finals 2016 featuring H&T National Slam Champ Solomon O.B.
Join us at the Horse & Stables at the start of a brand new year for the regional slam final.
Here is the quick info in case you don't have time to read all this:
What? H&T regional slam final featuring Solomon O.B + New Year celebrations!
When? 4th January 2017. Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Where? Horse & Stables, Waterloo
How much? £6
Join your hosts Sara Hirsch and Caroline Teague in welcoming in a brand new year in H&T style, by celebrating the best of 2016. Our 6 finalists go head to head in a 3 round slam as they compete to be crowned H&T Waterloo Slam Champion!
The winner and runner up go through to the Hammer & Tongue National Slam Final at the Royal Albert Hall!
Come and watch, listen and even judge at the friendliest slam south of the river.
AND, not only do we have our well awaited slam final, but we also have an incredible feature....setting the scene for the imminent National Finals, we are lucky enough to have last year's WINNER Solomon O.B!
What more could you want? Cracking tunes? Horse themed memorabilia? A front row sofa seat? We got all that and more! So come cure your NYE hangover in style at H&T Waterloo.
We are so excited to welcome back our six finalists and hear even more of their amazing poetry! The finalists are:
Crowned Hammer & Tongue National Poetry slam champion in early 2016, Solomon is a Musician, Emcee, and Spoken Word artist now residing in Bristol.
He has featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 5 live as well as The Guardian online. A lover of dynamic displays of lyricism, Solomon delivers passionate and engaging performances, challenging the status quo and constantly looking to push his own boundaries.
Front man of the exciting Hip Hop & Funk collective that is Sounds of Harlowe, Solomon is now venturing out into the world of solo performance. Soon to release his debut solo EP 'The Writing is Real', he was also chosen as one of the final six of BBC 1xtra & Roundhouse London's Words First Campaign. Solomon O.B is one to watch.
TONIGHT! Get yourselves down to The Horse & Stables for a jam packed slam featuring the amazing Keith Jay and Maria Ferguson!! Come slam, watch or even judge, just come, because it is going to be brilliant!
Our next show is on Wednesday and we can't wait!
Who is planning to slam?
Who is excited for our ridiculous line up?
Who is having a nice day?
Who is tired of all the questions?
Our next show is coming up and we couldn't be more excited! Our lineup is ridiculous... Former UK Slam Champ & downright lovely Keith Jay and fresh from the most successful fringe run imaginable Maria Ferguson on one bill!! Don't miss this one guys - it's gonna be a blow out. AND we have one more place in the regional slam final up for grabs!
Final slam before the slam final!
Hammer & Tongue Waterloo featuring Keith Jarrett & Maria Ferguson + open slam!
Wednesday 9th November. Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Horse & Stables, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo.
Tickets £6/£4 for slammers.
Join Caroline & Sara for the last open slam before December's regional final & watch poets compete for the final place!
We have two amazing features this month...the touring poet is the incredible KEITH JARRETT who is not only a fantastic poet but also a really lovely person. Equally nice is this month's local feature, Maria Ferguson. Seriously, we spoil you here at H&T Waterloo.
There are also 8 slam spots, so if you fancy joining our amazing 2016 winners in next month's final, turn up at 7pm and sign up! The slam is one round, 3 minutes each and loads of fun.
Tickets are just £6/£4 for slammers and are available on the door.
Maria Ferguson is a writer and performer from Romford, Essex. She has been a resident artist for both Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre, performing extensively across the UK and at festivals such as Latitude and Bestival. She has created work for Apples and Snakes, Royal Academy of Art and BBC Radio One. Her debut one woman show Fat Girls Don't Dance has been performed to sold out audiences in London, Leicester, Bristol and The Edinburgh Fringe, where it was met with critical acclaim.
'Extremely touching, yet deeply witty' The Independent
'Candid and disarming' The Stage
Former UK and international slam champion Keith Jarrett writes poetry and short fiction. He was one of the pioneering Spoken Word Educators, teaching as poet-in-residence at secondary schools in London. Keith's debut pamphlet, I Speak Home, was published last year. He was awarded a PhD studentship at Birkbeck university, where he is now researching cultural and religious history and completing his first novel.
Our next show is on 12th October featuring Scott Tyrrell and Kirsten Luckins! We really hope you can make it!