We are welcoming back live audiences! And what better way is there to celebrate than with the 15th anniversary of the prestigious Roundhouse Poetry Slam Final? You don’t want to miss this as we call on the best in emerging Spoken-Word talent and invite bestselling author Candice Carty-Williams (Queenie), award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker, Travis Alabanza (Burgerz) and poet, playwright, and previous Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion, Zia Ahmed. onto the judging panel.

With artists previously going head-to-head in three days of national Heats, now they will put their original work to the test in this chance to win a cash prize as-well-as the coveted title of Slam Champion. Whether you are joining us in person at our iconic main space or tuning in live at home, you will get to cast your own vote and crown our audience winner.

Roundhouse Poetry Slam is one of our most anticipated events, first hitting the stage in 2006 and becoming the heart of The Last Word Festival in 2013.

Roundhouse Poetry Slam is in partnership with National Theatre Wales, Voice Box, Gloucester Culture Trust and Hull Truck and is generously supported by Colin and Helen David.

For in-person performances at The Last Word Festival, Covid-safety measures will be in place in accordance to government guidelines. All performances have gone on sale with social-distancing in place between bubbles (a minimum of 1 metre) and you will be required to wear a mask. We will update you as government guidance changes – this could mean the venue upgrades to full seating with no social distancing.

Could you be our next Slam champion? Applications are now open for the 15th Roundhouse Poetry Slam! If you’re aged 18-25, find out how you can be part of one of the biggest moments in the Roundhouse calendar here.