Bearwood Hosts Poetry Slam for Refugee Week


Sunday 25 June, 2-7pmThimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Bearwood

Bearwood Action for Refugees are celebrating UK Refugee Week 2017 in style and inviting the whole community to join them. On Sunday 25 June, in partnership with Agora Poetry, they are hosting a mammoth poetry slam, SLAMATHON, at Thimblemill Library, 2-7pm. It will be fun-packed for all ages with storytelling, comedy, poetry workshops, crafts and plenty to eat with a bringand share buffet. The event will be in aid of Aegean Solidarity Network and every penny raised will help support refugees in transit.

Last year Bearwood Action for Refugees celebrated Refugee Week with a music marathon, JAMATHON, this year's event will be all about words. A poetry slam is a chance for poets to put their best poem forward and perform to an audience alongside other poets battling it out for the ultimate slam title. Performances are scored by guest poet judges including the acclaimed Casey Bailey and Aliyah Denton, on writing, performance, and fun categories relevant to the theme of the event.

Applications are open for any keen poets wanting to apply to take part in the event. Translation, including BSL interpreting, will be available for those who want to perform in languages other than English. Those wanting to apply can email for details. Poets of all ages and levels of experience are invited to apply and the deadline for applications is Sunday 18 June. Any schools keen to get involved should also contact Bearwood Action for Refugees at the above email address for links to a range of resources collated specifically for schools.

Poet and spoken word artist Bethany Slinn will be running a FREE polish up your poem workshop prior to SLAMATHON on Tuesday 20 June, 6.30-8pm at Thimblemill Library, for anyone not sure what to expect or who wants the chance to work on their poem with a pro prior to the event.

Audiences will also have chance to view Anon on its final day of exhibition on 25 June at Thimblemill Library. The photographs by Maria Falcon and Paul Hill were taken in refugee camps in Greece last year and portray the reality of life for refugees in transit.


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