Lemn Sissay MBE Announced as Judge

SLAMbassadors is proud to announce our chief judge for 2016 is the pioneering poet Lemn Sissay!

 ‘Poetry is at the heart of the revolution because revolution must be at the heart of the poet’

Lemn Sissay

A true poetry revolutionary, Lemn Sissay, will be joining Tom MacAndrew from the Poetry Society, Bea Colley from the Southbank Centre and SLAMbassadors founder and poet Joelle Taylor in selecting the 6 young spoken word artists who will go on to represent the UK.

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Photograph of Lemn Sissay, copyright Benji Reid 2015

Lemn Sissay is a powerful fit for SLAMbassadors having begun his career in the same way, writing from his heart and grit, and learning to speak on stage.

He has worked his way up from bitten biros and open mic audiences to international performances, television appearances, radio documentaries and having his poetry transformed into public works of art – as well as being the author of 8 collections of poetry and 11 plays for stage and radio.

He has used his words as bridges between cultures, and poetry as his passport – performing across the world. An inspirational figure, Lemn Sissay uses poetry to educate, inform and inspire positive change. He is a legend on the scene.

National Final

As such it is appropriate that Lemn will be performing a headline slot at the equally legendary 100 Club on Oxford Street on October 30th, when the new team take part in their debut professional gig.   

Enter the slam

If you want to be heard by Lemn, and have the chance to perform at the 100 Club, you have until September 30th to enter your films into this year’s SLAMbassadors championship.

Write a poem/ spoken word piece/ rap around the theme of Identity and email it to jtaylor [at] poetrysociety.org.uk or upload it directly to You Tube and forward the link to Joelle.

All winners will be informed on the evening of October 4th.

Get believing. Get writing. Get shouting.