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Poetry slam with Lemn Sissay, Paul Lyalls, Elspeth Murray and Dizraeli

Language: English
Genre: Poetry
Age group: 12-14, 15-18
Topics: Poetry

Join us for an exciting live Poetry Slam session, with three of Britain’s best-loved poets: Paul Lyalls, Elspeth Murray and Dizraeli! Watch these three poets wage a verbal battle against each other in front of a live online audience. But that is not all, superstar of the spoken word Lemn Sissay makes a special appearance to compère the slam and read two of his own pems. Expect lively debate, quick wits, lots of laughs and above all, expect the unexpected!

Top ten tips for slam poetry

  1. Write and perform your own poetry: This is the only rule of slam poetry. You can be funny, serious or just downright silly but it must be yours!
  2. Be brave: This is your right to speak - it’s your chance to say how you feel about the world around you.
  3. Start with the words and the rest will follow: Start with a list. Trust yourself. You’re unique: the words are yours.
  4. Rhyme is NOT obligatory: Poetry does not have to rhyme. Rhyming is very difficult so don’t worry about it - think rhythm.
  5. Don't get hung up on the spelling: Get into the creative flow first. It’s more important to speak the words of your poem out loud when creating it.
  6. Breathe: The breath is the foundation to the voice - remember to breathe at the end of lines.
  7. Emotion: Think of an emotion behind your poem and try lots of different emotions to see what works best.
  8. Learn your lines: The brain is a muscle - the more you use it, the better it is! Put the poem up on your wall and read it every time you walk past it. It will come!
  9. Enjoy: If you don’t enjoy it why should the audience? A slam is just for fun! Don’t take it too seriously, even if you win or lose.
  10. Remember:‘The best poet never wins.’ Marc Smith – founder of Slam Poetry

For shorter clips from this event visit the BBC Scotland learning(this will open in a new window) website.

A full transcript of this event is available to download.

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