Authors Live: Poetry Slam

Authors Live has put a new spin on the traditional notion of poetry, with three of Britain’s best-loved poets; Paul Lyalls, Elspeth Murray and Dizraeli waging verbal battle against each other in front of a live online audience. But that is not all, as we have superstar of the spoken word Lemn Sissay reading two poems and he has also been compering the slam. Expect lively debate, quick wits, lots of laughs and above all, expect the unexpected!


To download a complete transcript of this event, please click here. 


Learning Resources

We have produced learning resources for you to download for free to enable from our website. These resources, linked to CfE, provide ideas and activities to help you integrate the Authors Live: Darren Shan event into your lessons.

Take a look at our brilliant Case Study Package from Holy Cross High and Lanark Grammar in South Lanarkshire which shows how they used this Authors Live event as inspiration for a rap battle project.


Voting Cards

If you would like your pupils to vote for their favourite poet when watching the video on demand, you will need a voting card of each author for every pupil to hold up at the end of each verbal battle. Click on each link below to view the cards and print them out.



Creative Scotland Lottery Funded
BBC Scotland
Year of Creative Scotland 2012
Filed In: Authors Live Tags: Poetry Slam, BBC Scotland Learning, Scottish Book Trust, Lemn Sissay, Paul Lyalls, Elspeth Murray, Dizraeli, Poetry, Secondary, Reluctant Readers