Saw Owt Slam #21 has been announce

City Screen Basement
15th February 2019
£6 advance (from City Screen)
£7 on the door

Say Owt returns in 2019 for a special sizzling slam!

In a poetry slam, each poet gets three minutes to impress the audience. The winner receives a cash prize (and bragging rights). Say Owt Slams have been a mainstay of the York arts community since 2014 and we’re celebrating our 21st slam in style!

They have poets competing from across the country, including Durham, Sheffield and even Bristol! Plus previous slam-winner, the marvellous Kit Rayne, will also be competing once again. One audience member attending our last slam said “I love the variety of voices, an unrivalled night of humour and heartbreak.”

Not only do they have an all-star line-up of slammers competing, but as always the night is hosted by the loveable Say Owt team of Henry Raby, David Jarman, Stu Freestone and Hannah Davies.

Henry Raby says: “Our slams are always special, they feel like home. There’s always regulars and newcomers but everyone is so up for a fun night it’s like a gig with your mates”.

Stu Freestone adds: “The best part of slams are the audience. Old or new, their enthusiasm always makes it a great night!”

The night will also feature special guests Jemima Foxtrot and Ciarán Hodgers. Both published by Burning Eye Books, Jemima and Ciarán are mainstays of the spoken word scene, gigging across the country. Jemima’s poetry is sparky and joyous. She has performed at Latitude Festival and been commissioned by the Tate Britain and the BBC.

Ciarán Hodgers won the 2015 International Pangea Slam and a Word War One Slam Champion. He writes about his Irish heritage, journeys, home and identity with heartfelt and humorous poetry.

16th Feb 1-3pm Jemima will be running a writing workshop at York Explore Library, open to anyone.

Since 2014, Say Owt has run regular poetry events in the form of slams, workshops, scratches, open mics and a variety of other events.  From novices to experienced poets, everyone is welcome on our stages. Plus, all audiences are welcome, whether you’re new to spoken word or not, come along and see what they’re all about!