Shore Poets OCTOBER – Quiet Slam

Sunday 29th October 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
Admission: £5 (concessions £3)

We had our last Quiet Slam in January, but thanks to some shifting around of the Shore Poets calendar, this year’s slam will be happening in October!

Ten poets will entertain you, but they will also be judged and there can only be one winner.

We are still looking for slammers, and the sign-up deadline has been extended to 8pm on Friday 20 October. Please email Tracey at writingmostly at if you wish to throw your name in the hat. This is the only method of signing up (so please, no comments on this entry, carrier pigeons sent to Shore Poets Towers, etc.).

What’s the format?
Each of our ten poets will perform twice. We’ll have a first round, in which each poet will read for 2 minutes. After a break, there’ll be a second round, and each poet will read again – this time for 2.5 minutes. This gives each poet two chances to wow our judging panel and entertain you, our audience! The three highest-scoring poets will go into a final, where they’ll read for three whole minutes. The winner of the slam will read one final poem.

We’ll also have our usual lovely music and our raffle, so you’ll still get the chance to win the infamous lemon cake and support Shore Poets. (Thank you for your support.) There might be a feature poet as well, though last year’s winner, Tim Craven, will not be performing – he should be coming up later in the year, though, so do look out for him.

What’s a quiet slam?
A quiet slam is a competitive poetry event where loudness is not necessarily a virtue. (Have you been to a not-quiet slam? It is usually very loud. We don’t mind loudness, but we like to offer something different.) Participants won’t be marked down for speaking softly, reading from paper, or being nervous. We also like to encourage new slammers to take part. Finally, judges will score participants on the quality of their poem and the quality of their performance, not for the loudness of the audience response. Some poems just don’t lend themselves to whooping, you know?

MUSICIANS: Cantabile


John Mortimer with the vocal group Cantabile will present some of his new compositions, including works which use words written by members of Shore Poets (Diana Hendry, Hamish Whyte and Frank Glynn). The presentation will illustrate the contrasting challenges faced by composers setting metrical and free verse, and also the reverse, i.e. fitting words to an existing melody.

We hope to see you at our Quiet Slam! Those details again:

Sunday 29th October 2017
7pm (doors open 630pm)
Oh! Outhouse, 12a Broughton Street Lane,
Edinburgh, EH1 3LY

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