Canterbury is rich in culture with everything from art galleries to spoken word competitions. Our editor-in-chief attended a poetry slam event and this happened…
The culture scene in Canterbury has kicked off this academic year with a bang with the help of some extremely talented poets and one of our favourite cafés around.
The Chocolate Café hosted the latest poetry slam event in the city ‘The Slam and the Café’ on Tuesday October 4.
The sell out event saw ten budding poets of all ages take to the stage for three minutes to perform their own inspiring work on a number of topics ranging from dyslexia to racism.
Once everyone had performed their spoken word, the assigned judges had to make the all important decision of who was the winner.
CCCU’s very own student, Poppy Wilson, was crowned champion of the event with her inspiring poem titled ‘Stay Alive’.
Poppy, 20, will now perform as a paid headliner at the next ‘Slam and the Café’ on Tuesday November 1.
She said: ‘Thank you to everyone that came – it was an absolutely delightful evening. I feel so blessed I got to perform alongside some incredibly talented poets. Inspired isn’t the word.’
The host of the event, Alex Vellis, is a local poet from Canterbury who also organises the storytelling slam that runs in the city.
‘The slammers were some of the best we have ever had. The overwhelming quality of the writing made it a difficult one to judge,’ said Alex.
‘I am lucky to have had the pleasure of sharing a stage with such amazing poets and I am looking forward to the next one with the splendid Poppy Wilson headlining,’ he continued.
The next ‘Slam and the Café’ will be at The Chocolate Café on Tuesday November 1. Tickets cost £5.