Following back-to-back Slamovision victories for Nottingham-based poets Cara Thompson in 2021 and Abíọ́dún Abdul in 2022, Nottingham played host to the global Slamovision finale for the second consecutive year in 2023.

 We teamed up with WRAP, Nottingham Trent University’s free creative writing and reading programme for students and staff, and UNESCO Cities of Literature around the world, to:

  • Provide opportunities for emerging poets to share their work in an inclusive and supportive space.
  • Promote and celebrate Nottingham’s talented community of poets on a global stage.
  • Strengthen partnerships and friendships with other UNESCO Cities of Literature by collaborating on a fun, creative project.

With that in mind, we delivered two events as part of Slamovision 2023:

  • Nottingham Local Heats: an open-mic night at Nonsuch Studios where spoken word poets competed to represent Nottingham in Slamovision 2023.
  • Slamovision Grand Finale: the international Grand Finale at Metronome, showcasing some of the very best spoken word poets from Nottingham and around the world.
Nottingham Local Heats

We were delighted with the number of talented spoken word poets who entered our Slamovision Heats in 2023. 20 incredible slam poets took to the open mic in front of our esteemed panel of judges: Amy Acre (Poet & Editor, Bad Betty Press), Connor Brown (Poet & Nottingham City of Literature Youth Advisory Board member), and Becky Cullen (WRAP Programme Director), and an audience of nearly 60 people. The judges were wowed by the competitors and spoilt for choice when it came to choosing the winner – so much so that they asked their two standout performers, Annie Cross and Chris Oliver, to take to the mic once again for a head-to-head.


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Ultimately, NTU Creative Writing student and Nottingham City of Literature Youth Board member Annie Cross was declared Nottingham’s 2023 Slamovision champion with her poem Fathers Daughter. She said:

“It is very very overwhelming but I’m glad I came out tonight. I feel excited, and can’t wait to go into the finals in December.”

Grand Finale

Next came the moment we had all been waiting for – the Slamovision Grand Finale co-hosted with our partner, NTU, at Metronome. This was an opportunity for Cities of Literature to put forward one of their strongest slam poets in a bid to be crowned 2023 Slamovision Champion. The action was also live-streamed to Cities of Literature around the world – take a look back at the action:

  • 12 incredibly talented spoken word poets took part in Slamovision 2023, from Cities of Literature as far afield as Melbourne (Australia), Québec City (Canada), and Kuhmo (Finland). Take a look at the full line-up here.
  • Poets from five Cities of Literature – Dublin, Exeter, Manchester, Vilnius, and Nottingham – performed live in-person at the Slamovision finale.
  • The finale was also an opportunity to showcase some of Nottingham’s finest spoken word poets on a global stage, with special performances from Abíọ́dún Abdul, Ben Macpherson, Ioney Smallhorne, and singer-songwriter Daudi Matsiko.
  • An audience of nearly 90 people enjoyed the Slamovision finale in-person at Metronome.
  • The online stream of the 2023 Slamovision finale has been viewed by over 530 people.

After a wonderful show and nail-bitingly close scoring from the Cities of Literature judging panels, Esther Koch from Manchester City of Literature was declared the 2023 Slamovision Champion for her performance of Taurean in the Nightclub. Congratulations to Esther and the Manchester team – we look forward to visiting Manchester for Slamovision in 2024!

Slamovision 2024

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