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The UK’s only solo youth Slam. 

Read  more on the SLAMbassadors UK  blog.

Teachers can also take a look at tips for running slam-style lessons in school in the Teachers' Toolkit page. 

‘It was such an amazing collection of voices, beautiful language and captivating performances. I felt honoured and privileged to judge SLAMbassadors.' 2014 judge Kate Tempest.

In early October the SLAMbassadors 2014 judges Joelle Taylor, Kate Tempest, Tom MacAndrew and Bea Colley came together to watch original spoken word films centred around the theme of ‘Identity’ and select just a handful to represent the UK. After eight hours of deliberation they made their selection and we are delighted to announce that the following seven young spoken word artists were chosen as the winners of SLAMbassadors 2014:

Sadia Ahmed, Ibukun Badmus, Abdallah Alselami, Jemima Higgins, Saoirse Lennon, Tommy Sissons and Kate Walters.

You can see their performances on our YouTube channel.

Joelle Taylor, Artistic Director and National Coach, said: ‘I cannot wait to meet this year’s winning SLAMbassadors UK solo slam team. It is always difficult, if not heart–breaking, to whittle down such amazing and soulful entries to a small number’.

Theline-up will join joined Joelle Taylor in an intensive master class, helping them to develop their performance skills to produce a full set for a SLAMbassadors showcase. Their work will be premiered to a packed Clore Ballroom, at the, Southbank Centre, London on Friday 31st October 4-7pm. The winners will perform alongside headline act Mark Grist, in a show that also featured DJs Hussain's House and live VJ-ing, from a pair VJs, Ben Evenett and Florence Kennard (mentored by VJ Danielle Harper in collaboration with Ideas Tap).

If you still need some inspiration check out the video links, and the SLAMbassador Sessions playlists. Better still, write a list of all those things you would re-write if you had the power to. Now imagine you do have that power. Now write.

"Listening to last year's poets reinforced my belief in the power of the word. These poems were more powerful than any political speech, they were more honest than any lecture, they spoke of history, they spoke of now, they spoke of the future…"
Benjamin Zephaniah, Poet

 

SLAMbassadors UK

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Email: Joelle Taylor
Telephone: 020 7420 9880