Glenn Carmichael
Poetry
Glenn's Poetry
The Poetry Slam
A Brief History
Poetry History
The Poetry Slam
The Poetry Slam began life as The Bristol Poetry Slam. The first event took place in December 1994 at Bristol’s Arnolfini Arts Centre, under the aegis of Second Tuesday, a monthly poetry event.
Glenn Carmichael hosted it with Lesley Anne Rose, whom he had met hosting events at that year’s Glastonbury Festival.
The first Bristol Poetry Slam was a huge success and Glenn and Lesley Ann continued to host what became regular monthly events at The Bristol Brewhouse.
Lesley Ann left Bristol to pursue her education, and Claire Williamson joined Glenn as the co-host. The Bristol poetry Slam moved to The Bristol Flyer on Gloucester Road.
The Bristol Poetry Slam was head hunted by Jesters comedy club, an ideal venue for performance poetry and Claire & Glenn ran regular monthly events; Open Slams, InterCity Slams, Poetry promotions and in 1997 they organised and hosted The UK Poetry Slam Championships. The Bristol Poetry Slam became The Poetry Slam in 1999.
They began taking the slam format into schools in 1995 and since then have visited over 600 schools as well as colleges, youth groups, prisons etc. The Poetry Slam continues to educate and excite, hosting occasional adult slams and regular school workshops and corporate team building events…
For more info and to book visit the website The Poetry Slam