Say Owt, York’s spoken word organisation, are running two exciting poetry events across May, one featuring one of the world’s best poets, one featuring the worst of the worst.
Shane Koyczan: 11 May
York’s Say Owt team are joining forces with the UK’s prestigious spoken word organisation, Apples and Snakes, to bring you one of our biggest gigs to date. Canada’s finest export Shane Koyczan is one of the biggest names in the world of poetry and spoken word. In 2012, his anti-bullying poem ‘To This Day’ has clocked over 20 million views on YouTube. Not just a one-hit wonder, his other YouTube videos, including live performances for Tedx Talks, track up huge viewings.
His poetry is wonderful immersive, stacking imagery alongside incredible landscapes of beauty, hope, humanity and neckbeards. You’ll laugh, cry and emerge with a new passion for language. Say Owt are delighted to present his work magnificently amplified by the vaulted surroundings of All Saints Church.
The support act includes Rose Condo, performance poet originally from the prairies of Canada but now based in Huddersfield. Slam champion, Edinburgh Fringe veteran and recently nominated for a coveted Saboteur Award, Rose is sure to represent Yorkshire in all its wordy glory. Also performing is a cavalcade of some of Say Owt’s regular faces collaborating in a unique style.
All Saint’s Church is only 10 mins from York train station and the venue is BYOB (but please respect the space)
Now you’ve heard the best, time to hear the worst…
York’s Anti-Slam II: 27 May
In a normal poetry slam, the poets must use their words & wit to impress the judges and set themselves aside as the greatest performer of the evening. The Anti-Slam takes this formula and totally flips it, scoreboards and all.
In the Anti-Slam, the worst poet wins. Say Owt don’t mean your standard half-hearted poetry: last time there was rubbish rapping, Hellish homeopathy, too-cool-for-school phone-in-hand hipster words, Morse code poetry and a foppish failure. And the audience laughed their poetry socks off.
So come witness the soppiest, slushiest love poetry that would make your date vomit in your face. Hear the most overblown, misplaced and ill-informed revolutionary political poetry to make you want to get a job as a banker. Experience painful personas, chaotic characters and awful acts. Cringe at poems crammed with silly stanzas, pathetic puns, idiotic imagery and mournful metaphors (and atrocious alliteration).
It’s totally unique, totally odd and guaranteed to make you howl with laughter, and the winner (loser?) goes to represent York in the Anti-Slam final down in London.
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