It’s not long now until the Roundhouse opens its doors for live audiences for the much anticipated The Last Word Festival. The vibrant and eclectic programme now includes Radio 1 DJ, broadcaster, and best-selling author, Annie Macmanus, with a live recording of her critically-acclaimed podcast Changes.
The Judge’s panel is also complete for the Roundhouse Poetry Slam Final with award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker, Travis Alabanza, and previous Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion, Zia Ahmed, joining Candice Carty-Williams.
Industry experts Magdalene Abraha (Jacaranda Books) and Tallulah Lyons (#Merky Books) will join the online panel talk for 18-25 year-olds, How To Get Published, hosted by writer and poet Bridget Minamore.
The highly acclaimed poet and director, Caleb Femi (Poor), will join Gboyega Odubanjo and award-winning poet, Theresa Lola, for a captivating night of words and music. Former UK poetry slam champion, Adam Kammerling, will be sharing his unique poetry and dance piece, Seder, with digital audiences. With Young People’s Laureate for London, Cecilia Knapp, in conversation with the newly appointed US National Youth Poet Laureate, Alexandra Huynh, The Last Word Festival is the perfect way to welcome audience’s back to the Roundhouse and its incredible programme.
One of the most anticipated events in this year’s festival, the Roundhouse Poetry Slam Final (29th July) will see artists who make it successfully through three nationwide Heats, put their original work to the test.
This is their chance to win a cash prize as well as the coveted title of Slam Champion. Now joining Candice Carty-Williams on the judge’s panel is award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker, Travis Alabanza (Burgerz) and poet, playwright, and previous Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion, Zia Ahmed. Audiences, whether live or at home, will get to cast their vote and crown their Audience Winner too.