Spit & Polish

The Best in Spoken Word

Sunday 16th October

Harry Baker

Harry Baker

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker published his debut anthology ‘The Sunshine Kid’ with Burning Eye in December 2014. The subsequent show of the same name was voted ‘Best Spoken Word show’ of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. Now a fully fledged maths graduate and full time poet/adventurer, His work has been shared on TED.com and viewed millions of times worldwide, as well as being translated into 15 different languages. This year he took a 3 month #Haztralasia tour through NZ, Oz, Dubai, China and Thailand and is currently working on the joint ‘Harry and Chris’ project with Jazz Musician Chris Read, following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh fringe 2016.

Website: http://www.harrybaker.co/

Twitter @harrybakerpoet

Caleb Femi

Caleb Femi

Caleb Femi is a poet and filmmaker. As a poet his works are often described as vivid and honest delivered with an essence of musicality. Caleb has graced major stages and many festivals around the UK. Caleb has also won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam and Genesis Poetry Slam and is currently working on a debut pamphlet. When at concerts, Caleb frequently takes on the role of mosh-pit organiser.

Website: http://www.calebfemi.com/

Twitter @CalebFemi5

Madi Maxwell-Libby

Madi Maxwell-Libby

Madi is a comedy writer/performer, actor and spoken word artist. 

She began performing spoken word with Words First, a project run by the Roundhouse and BBC Radio 1Xtra, and is a member of poetry collective Spit the Atom. 

In June 2016 she won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam.

She is a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse and is developing a comedy show about capitalism under a residency at Battersea Arts Centre in 2017.

Twitter @Madi_ML

Erin Bolens

Erin Bolens

Erin is a poet and performer from Leeds, currently living in London where she is a resident artist at The Roundhouse. She blends observation, exasperation and celebration into poems both witty and sincere.

Erin won the Glastonbury Festival Slam in 2014 and came 2nd in the Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2015. She has performed at Lovebox, the Royal Albert Hall, Camp Bestival, The Roundhouse, Cheltenham Literature Festival and gigs regularly around the country. Her work has been published in a United Press Anthology, presented at Box Park in Shoreditch and played on E4 for National Poetry Day.

Erin works extensively in education, teaching creative writing to all ages. She is currently working on her first spoken word show 'What We Leave Behind.'

Website: http://erinbolens.com/

Twitter @erinbolens

Rachel Nwokoro

Rachel Nwokoro

Rachel Nwokoro, the current UK SLAM Champion, is a Spoken Word Artist, Actor, Director and Mental Health Vlogger born and bred in London. She is a young black woman of Nigerian heritage who through an unfortunate mix of battles, trauma and discrimination has discovered an appreciation of seemingly small things and enjoys finding beauty in dark places. She mostly writes in a bid to understand things that she doesn’t, encourage awareness and conversation around important issues and most importantly… because she simply loves it.

She has been performing spoken word poetry for almost two years now at different venues and festivals in the UK & abroad and was a Semi-Finalist at the World Slam Championship in Paris this year. She began circling the Open Mic circuit in a bid to curtail her crippling anxiety and was baffled and warmed by the positive responses she received. After winning several well-contested slam competitions and securing professional feature slots, Rachel has steadily grown in confidence and is grateful towards people who listen to all the rambling words that she scribbles.

She likes cuddles and pancakes so either of the two would be happily received.

Twitter @@RachelShapes


Start Time: 7:30pm

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker, whose show ‘The Sunshine Kid’ was voted ‘Best Spoken Word show’ of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 is joined by Erin Bolens, Caleb Femi, Madi Maxwell-Libby & Rachel Nwokoro (not pictured) for a night which is guaranteed to have something for everyone.

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