I was very proud to see City Voices members Pattie Tunnicliffe and Jason Nicholas Smith (seen here flanking the winner) in the final of the Audlem Poetry Slam last Thursday. The slam has been running many years and the competition is tough. Pattie performed her poems about the impact of war on individual civilians, living with a loved one who suffers from depression “the hidden disease”, and taking charge of your own life. Jason spoke eloquently and passionately about what it means to be English in our multi-cultural society, about love, and the impact of political hate rhetoric. Well done to Pattie and Jason who performed without any prompts in front of a lovely and lively audience.
The worthy winner of the slam was prize-winning poet John Mills who used strong images and humour to describe a chance meeting with an abused woman, and how he is living with Parkinson’s disease. John is a friend of City Voices and will be running a poetry workshop for us on 27th October.
I entered the slam but the least said the better! It was a brilliant night and superbly MC’d by poets Emma Purshouse and Dave Pitt.