GOBS POETRY SLAM is a head-to-head tournament of poetry performances taking place on Saturday 8th June at Nottingham Central Library. Doors open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start with the winner to be announced at 10pm.

Judged on their writing, performance and stage presence by expert judges Ioney Smallhorne, Jake Wild Hall and Georgina Wilding, 20 poets will battle it out for the GOBS POETRY SLAM champion crown, which comes with a £200 cash prize, a Bad Betty Press book bundle, and will become Slamovision 2024 champion for Nottingham.

The winner will go on to represent Nottingham at the international Slamovision finale, where the UNESCO Cities of Literature send their best slam poets to compete, taking place this year in Manchester City of Literature in December. 

Slamovision is the global spoken word community’s Eurovision, a poetry competition hosted by the international UNESCO Cities of Literature. In 2021 and 2022, Cara Thompson, current member of GOBS, and Abíọ́dún Abdul earned Nottingham back-to-back Slamovision worldwide victories.

This year, Nottingham is looking to reclaim its Slamovision crown after Esther Koch from Manchester won the 2023 Grand Finale hosted by Nottingham City of Literature and NTU at Metronome. Take a look back at past editions of Slamovision here.

The 20 poets in contention at the GOBS Poetry Slam are: Ray, Gail Webb, Demi Lloyd, Nipa, Johnny Hughes, DreaM17, Hilthepoet, Marjie Griffiths, Robbert van Dongen, Beth Parker, Cosmic Kat, Davina Songbird, Cheska, Pulchritudinous, Sonia Burns, Jack Joseph, Armor Craw, Rehannah Mian, Tori Williams and Bep.

Come down to experience the incredible atmosphere of a GOBS event, with brilliant poetry, friendly faces and live DJs to punctuate the heats, all in the grand setting of our Nottingham Central Library.

Hannah Trevarthen, Director of Nottingham City of Literature, said:

“As two-time world champions and on the back of hosting the Slamovision finale in 2022 and 2023, Nottingham is delighted to be taking part in the competition once again this year. GOBS have put together an incredible line-up of talented local poets for this slam guaranteeing Nottingham a fantastic Slamovision competitor to take Manchester by storm later in the year.”

Bridie Squires, Founder of GOBS Collective, said:

“We are delighted to partner with UNESCO City of Literature on our first ever GOBS Poetry Slam as part of Nottingham Poetry Festival. I’m so proud to present the incredible talent of GOBS members in what’s shaping up to be a really fun and friendly event. Everyone’s welcome to come and get stuck in, and I know the poets have been working hard to make this event a night to remember. To make things even more exciting, our slam winner will be going on to represent Nottingham internationally at this year’s Slamovision. Let’s do this!”


£5 concessions (limited amount available)

£10 earlybird (limited amount available)

£15 on the door and/or when earlybirds run out

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gobs-poetry-slam-at-nottingham-poetry-festival-tickets-890401744587