Poet Call Out! TEAM in collaboration with The Roundhouse & Voicebox, Wrexham.




One of the highlights of the Roundhouse calendar, the Poetry Slam is back. Now in its 14th year the slam offers young poets from across the UK the chance to compete for the coveted Slam Champion hosted in their main space plus a top prize of £500. This year we are excited to announce the very first heat in Wrexham, hosted in partnership between Roundhouse & National Theatre Wales TEAM with Voicebox.

There’s nothing quite like a Roundhouse Slam Final; an atmosphere of anticipation and encouragement against the backdrop of the legendary Roundhouse Main Space. Could you be one of our ten finalists this year? Judges include renowned poet Anthony Anaxagorou, and fresh from their sold-out international tour of hit show Burgerz, we welcome Travis Alabanza. More line up to be announced soon!

The Roundhouse will also hold heats in Hull in partnership with Hull Truck Theatre and they will return to Gloucester with Gloucester Culture Trust and Strike a light.  NTW TEAM is excited to be Roundhouse’s newest partner this year, scoping out all the incredible poetry talent in Wrexham!

The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is generously supported by Colin and Helen David.


  1. Send us a short clip of you performing one or two of your poems

2          Please write a short description telling us about your poetry and passion for writing.  Please send your applications to team@nationaltheatrewales.org

  1. Please feel free to apply in English, Welsh or the language of your choice.
  2. We will invite a shortlist to perform in the first Wrexham heat at Ty Pawb, exact date TBC

The poetry Slam final will take place in London at the Roundhouse on the 28th May 2020 and you will need to be available from 4pm on the day. All Travel and accommodation will be covered.

What will I get from taking part?

  • Have showcased your talent in front of large audiences at the semi-finals in our 100-seater the Sackler Space, regional venues and the Roundhouse Main Space if you get through to the final.
  • Have made industry contacts and networked with peers and professionals in the spoken word industry.
  • Have had the opportunity to compete for the title of Slam Champion and win £500 for first place, £400 for second, and £300 for third, and £300 for the audience vote.
  • All finalist performances will be professionally filmed and uploaded to the Roundhouse YouTube Channel, which has over 12,000 subscribers. Past poetry slam winner videos have accumulated up to 100,000 views.

Who are the judges?

Slam judges will be a panel of experts from the industry, including producers and professional spoken word artists.

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?

You should have some poetry writing and performance experience and be ready to compete at a high level. You will be mentored throughout the process but you should be confident and ready to perform your work in front of an audience.

We are running two Slam Prep Workshop to give you a refresher on how slam works and prepare you to compete!

The Writing for Slam Workshop will be Wednesday 22nd April 2020, 6pm - 8pm at Wrexham Enterprise Hub, a Performing for Slam Workshop will be Saturday 2nd May 2020 10am - 12pm at Wrexham Enterprise Hub with Stephanie Finegan.  

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