Nottingham hosts the Slamovision Grand Finale for the second year in a row on December 5th, thanks to our incredible Nottingham Champions Abíọ́dún ‘Abbey’ Abdul and Cara Thompson, who wowed the international judges with their poems in 2022 and 2021.

We’re joining up again with WRAP, NTU’s free creative writing and reading programme for all students, to host a Grande Finale to make the city proud. 

Cara and Abbey have pinned Nottingham on the map as a city of poets – and now we’re looking for a 2023 Slamovision Champion to represent us. Interested? Come along to our local heats and join the Open Mic for a chance to win £100 and the opportunity to take to the stage as Nottingham’s 2023 Slamovision entry.

Slamovision is the global spoken word community’s Eurovision, hosted by the UNESCO Cities of Literature. After last year’s Nottingham slam winner, Abíọ́dún ‘Abbey’ Abdul with her poem STRONG TEA, Nottingham is once again hosting the international competition in December.

Our 2021 candidate and champion, Cara Thompson brought the Slamovision crown to Nottingham, which was kept by our Slamovision 2022 champion Abíọ́dún ‘Abbey’ Abdul – pinning us on the map as a city of performance poetry, for a second year in a row.

This year, Nottingham City of Literature is partnering again with Nottingham Trent University’s WRAP (Writing Reading and Pleasure) programme to host Slamovision in Nottingham.

Become Nottingham’s champion

We are looking for Nottingham’s Slamovision 2023 champion at our local heats event, where we will select our Nottingham entry. Come along to our open-mic night. The winner will receive a £100 prize and take the stage as Nottingham’s entry for Slamovision 2023!

Slamovision hits Nottingham in 2022 – now it’s here again!

Check out the award-winning poems Island Screams by Cara and Abbey’s Strong Tea as inspiration – and remember, you can be established or emerging to win, you just need something you want to say.