Performance Poetry in Hackney

Hammer and Tongue runs live poetry events on the first Tuesday of every month at The Victoria, Dalston. We put on top poets for live sets and host a slam competition. Slams are a chance for people to share their work and for other people to judge it and then for us all to cuss the judges in the bar afterwards. Anyone interested in taking part – as poet, judge or simply audience, please be in touch. next show: THE FINAL! Tues November 1st – all the previous winners battle it out against each other for the top prize! 7-11pm £5/ 4 if you think you deserve a discount.


  1. I will try and make this.

  2. Great! Hopefully see you there.

  3. Wordamouth present RealTalk on Wednesday 16th November at Bedroom Bar, Rivington Street, opposite Cargo in Shoreditch/Old Street: live spoken word, storytelling, poetry vibe with some hip-hop beats and friendly vibes. Two top young poets: Deanna Rodger and Andy Craven-Griffiths among the line up. 8pm £5 on the door.

  4. Monday 5th December – Hammer and Tongue Hammer and Tongue presents two top spoken word artists, both in their 20s, both in bands that are playing big venues and signed to record labels but both coming to Victoria to perform solo spoken word. 451 Queensbridge Road, E8 3AS Kate Tempest: on a upward road to (super?)stardom simply by being good – powerful, relevant, articulate and moving. “Her works are truly of upliftment and betterment” – Roots Manuva Dizraeli: 2 x UK Slam Champion (with BBC and Farrago), he is a multi-talented writer, a hugely original freestyler and one of the most accomplished performers in UK poetry. Plus there’ll be the 1st round of slam heats for 2012?s final – first come first served. Doors and the incomparable DJ Xahdrez, playing real vinyl from the weirdest and wickedest recesses of music from 7pm.All for £5/4

  5. Hammer and Tongue starts the new year in The Victoria, Dalston with Zena Edwards and Jonny Fluffypunk as special guests. Tuesday 3rd January 2012; 7-11pm Zena Edwards – “one of London’s most unique voices”Jonny Fluffypunk – “This man truly relishes language. Treat yourself. Go see him” – Tony Allen (‘Godfather of alternative comedy’) Plus open mic slam, any styles welcome, sign up on the door. £5/4 8-11pm (Doors, DJ, Slam sign up from 7pm)451 Queensbridge Road, E8 3ASTuesday 3rd January 2012

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