Spit & Polish

The Best in Spoken Word

Sunday 18th June

Pete the Temp

Pete the Temp

Pete (the Temp) Bearder is a former UK National Poetry Slam Champion whose work has been featured on BBC national and international TV and radio. He has toured a one man show ‘Pete (the Temp) vs Climate Change’ and performed at over 20 UK festivals. In 2014 he toured with Slamboree, performing poetry - and stage diving into - audiences of over 3000 people. In 2015 he did doing a TED talk in London about his work as a spoken word educator. He has toured Europe with the British Council and others. 2016 saw the release of his first book Numbered Boxes.

Website: http://www.petethetemp.co.uk/

Twitter @@PeteTheTemp

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PetetheTemp

Molly Case

Molly Case

Molly Case is a spoken word artist and nurse born and brought up in south London. In April 2013 she achieved national recognition after performing her poem ‘Nursing the Nation’ at the Royal College of Nursing, gaining over 350,000 views on YouTube in just a few months. Molly has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Elle magazine and Huffington Post, and was named in the Health Service Journal’s Inspirational Women list and the BBC’s 100 Women list. Her debut collection of poetry, 'Underneath the Roses Where I Remembered Everything' was out in 2015 with Burning Eye Books, inspired by her journey to becoming a nurse.

Website: http://www.mollycasespeaks.com/

Twitter @@Molly_Speaks

Jamal Mehmood

Jamal Mehmood

The winner of Poetry Rivals 2015, Jamal has had poetry and essays published on various online and offline platforms including Media Diversified and BBC Asian Network.

His debut collection of poetry, 'Little Boy Blue' is out now, through Burning Eye Books. It is an eclectic first collection that looks at family, nostalgia and social pain as well as personal stories of identity and belonging. In 2016, his essay 'Language, Life and Love: Our Immigrant Parents' was published in Media Diversified's 'From the Lines of Dissent' through Outspoken Press. The collection of essays by 14 writers of colour in the UK touches on a wide array of topics around what it means to be a person of colour in modern Britain.

His work explores themes of nostalgia, political issues and personal stories. He is looking to write for film in the near future. 

Website: https://www.jamalbhai.com/

Twitter @@_jamalbhai

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jamalmehmood/

Sara Hirsch

Sara Hirsch

Sara Hirsch is a poet and spoken word educator, a former UK Slam Champion and was third ranked in the World Slam Championships in 2014. Sara has performed at Glastonbury, has featured on BBC Radio 2 and has toured the UK and New Zealand. As one half of 'Team Trending', the runners up in the National Anti-Slam Final 2016, Sara is proud to have nearly been officially both the best and worst poet in the UK.

“Impossible not to be dazzled” The Scotsman.

Sara’s debut poetry collection ‘Still Falling’ was recently published with Burning Eye Books. It has been described as “Annoyingly good” by Harry Baker. Sara is currently completing her Writer/Teacher MA at Goldsmiths University, runs Genesis Slam, London's only regular 3 round slam and is attempting to gradually dismantle the patriarchy, one poem at a time. 

Website: http://www.sarahirsch.co.uk/

Twitter @@Sarsbars89

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sarahirschpoet/


Headlining June is former UK National Poetry Slam Champion, Pete The Temp. Pete has performed throughout Europe, given a TED talk about his work as a spoken word educator and has just released his first book Numbered Boxes. Joining him are three excellent poets - Molly Case, a spoken word artist and nurse whose poem ‘Nursing the Nation’ gained over 350,000 views on YouTube in just a few months, Jamal Mehmood, The winner of Poetry Rivals 2015 and Sara Hirsch, another former UK Slam Champion. This is guaranteed to be a thought-provoking and highly amusing night.

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