Soundcheck. One two… One two

Can you hear me at the back?

Filmed by Mike Duffy, Paul Duffy and Greg Muldoon. Edited by Sam Bicknell. Produced by Richard Wood. Thanks go to Warwickshire College for the post production suite.

Getting your lips stretched and ready to flex, SLAMbassadors UK is limbering up to take the stage again, launching on Monday 17th May 2010!

Billed as the biggest talent scouting opportunity for young spoken word artists in the UK, the slam is also the only online/ live fusion event. Qualifying rounds take place in cyberspace, and a panel of judges will select those who will move on from there to the live stage. Winners will get more than trophies – they get genuine support in their work.

Last year, the finalists perfomed alongside Benjamin Zephaniah and Scroobius Pip – and it will be as high profile again in 2010.

For those of you new to the site, SLAMbassadors aims to get young people speaking about their lives, their politics, their loves, their present and their future. It is passionate, political, energetic and artful. It focuses on developing excellence in both writing and performance – and uses slam as a way of reaching people from all sectors of the community.

The theme will once again be Identity, and spitters and poets will need to write a simple 2 minute max piece, which will then be filmed (either by the Poetry Society or by you) then uploaded to our website. From this site, thousands of people across the world will be able to check in, watch your film, comment on it, be inspired by it and add to it with their own work. Check out past entries via and or just write ‘slambassadors’ in

You can create free verse pieces, prose poetry, raps and emcees (with or without singing and beatbox – but no live or recorded music). It’s all about the words.