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Be the Glastonbury 2014 Poetry Slam champion and win a spot next year!

Last years winner Torrey Shineman will be gracing the stage to show us exactly why she won on Sunday at 3.45pm. The slam will take place a little later so pop along early to get the inside scope on what it takes to win.Deanna.xx.

Slam – Sunday 17.00

Hosted by Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury

And/or, if competition isn’t your thing or you fancy getting to know the stage, then the open mic is a chance to jump up and give us your best poem, space for both are limited so sign up early is a deffo, though rocking up to try your luck isn’t a bad idea either. See you there!

Open Mic – Saturday 12.50

Compared by Stephen James Smith



Victoria Shineman - by Lauren Herrmann  - LuxCamenaStephen James Smith by Bob Dixon

More about Torrey and Stephen

TORREY SHINEMAN – has been writing since she could hold a pencil, published her first poem on television at the age on eight, and has not stopped writing since. She identifies as a slam poet, but has also recently begun to experiment with storytelling. Torrey loves performing live, and responding to the dynamic energy of an audience. Her writing features both personal and social commentary, and engages the audience through a mix of rhythm, rhyme, metaphor, wordplay, movement, and humour. She is a two-time winner of the Jam Cruise Gong Show, competed in the National Poetry Slam in 2013 (as a member of Jersey City Slam), and will compete again as a member of Chicago’s Lethal Poetry Team at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California in August 2014. She has performed in dozens of venues across the USA, as well as in Spain, Austria, Germany, and the UK.  Torrey grew up near Boston, went to Reed College (in Portland, Oregon), and earned her Ph.D. from New York University. She recently relocated from NYC to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she now works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. This is her fourth year at the Glastonbury Festival. She performed in the Poetry&Words open mic in 2009 and 2011, and won first place in the Glastonbury Poetry Slam in 2013. Torrey loves live music, poetry, community, and art, and is delighted to be a featured performer on the Poetry&Words Stage this year.

STEPHEN – Dubliner, writer, performer, dancer, chancer, give-us-a-goer-of-that-sure, biscuit dunker, ice-cream lover. He still can’t believe he is getting away with being called a ‘poet’!
http://www.StephenJamesSmith.com @sjsWORDS


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