A highlight of the Roundhouse calendar for the last 14 years, our Poetry Slam is back!

In a one-off special, we’ll be bringing back London’s biggest spoken word event complete with a live audience in our first show since lock down.

Following a series of online heats, the Roundhouse Poetry Slam Final will see some of the freshest emerging talent from around the UK compete for the coveted slam champion title.

Plus, alongside the judges, audiences will also be able to cast their votes live on the night to crown their very own audience winner.

This year’s judging panel consists of spoken word heavyweights, including writer and poet Anthony Anaxagorou, cultural producer and writer Tobi Kyeremateng and poet, editor and essayist Will Harris.

For those who are unable to join us at the venue, we’ll be streaming the show live on Facebook and YouTube from 7.30pm GMT.

The Roundhouse might look and feel a little different to what people are used to but we have done a huge amount of work behind the scenes over the last few months to test and design the best and safest experience for artists, audiences and staff. You can find out more what to expect on the night by reading our Covid-19 Safety Measures and FAQs page.


Poetry Slam Heats

Join us for the online heats ahead of the final for a taster of what’s to come. Traditionally a series of events taking place across the UK, the heats are the first step to getting through to the final as participants go head to head performing their own spoken word poetry.

This year the heats are ‘Donate What You Can’ and will take place online via Zoom this year and are an opportunity to catch the action from the very start of the Slam story.

Heat 1: 10 November, 7.30pm – Online (Zoom)
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Heat 2: 11 November, 7.30pm – Online (Zoom)
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Heat 3: 12 November, 7.30pm – Online (Zoom)
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The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is in partnership with National Theatre Wales, Voice Box, Gloucester Culture Trust Strike a Light, and Hull Truck which was part of our original 14th year plans to grow the Slam to make it a nationwide event.