Two Northern Irish Performance Poets have qualified for the national final of a live slam. Elizabeth McGeown and Lit Up’s Michael Wilson will be competing alongside 18 other qualifying poets Sunday 4th July.
Hammer and Tongue is a poetry event and slam franchise that exists in physical form in several locations in England. Elizabeth is returning to perform at the Albert Hall after qualifying to represent Northern Ireland at another Hammer and Tongue organised slam.
Michael and Elizabeth are both avid slammers and have competed at various slams across the UK and Ireland. Both have qualified for the All Ireland Slam Final. Both have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and a number of arts and music festivals.
Elizabeth McGeown is from Belfast, Northern Ireland and has featured in publications including Banshee, Abridged and Riggwelter. She has been nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize by iambapoet and was longlisted for Best Spoken Word Performer in the 2021 Saboteur Awards. She is the winner of the 2019 Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Award, the 2019 Cuirt Literary Festival Spoken Word Platform. She has received funding from University of Atypical, Arts Council Northern Ireland and The National Lottery to work on her first full-length show.
Michael is from Portstewart and MCs and helps run the CAP monthly event Lit Up. His writing freewheels round the tried and trusted themes of sex drugs and rock n’dole. He also writes on the subjects mental health and science. His first book Bedlam’s Best and Finest is published by Eyewear Press. The one person show of the book had a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it gained a 5 star review from Bouquets and Brickbats. Michael also had the book After All Tomorrows After Parties published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Michael had toured the UK extensively as well as Canada, he is scheduled to tour the US for the first time next year. Michael has won national slam The Cheltenham Lit Fest UK All Stars Final, Won several other slams and reached the national final of the BBC Radio 4 Slam.
The event on 4th July will be streamed live on FB Live as well as a physical audience of 70. It will be both Elizabeth’s and Michael’s first live gig since Covid. It promises to be a great event.
The Facebook Event Page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/159879309442628/
Date: Sunday July 4th
Time: 4pm to 8pm