Whether you love listening to poetry, or enjoy writing it - Come on down to Macclesfield's friendly and unpredictable poetry slam!
Founded for National Poetry Day in 2012 and still going strong, Verse vs Verse gives a chance for all local poets to perform their material in front of a friendly audience. Simply bring your poems and read them with passion, pathos or humour to win over judges in the audience - The last poet standing walks away with our terrific trophy!
Everyone is welcome - In the past, first-time poets have beaten former poet laureates! All material is equally good and in the past we've had poems ranging from the heart-breaking to the hilarious, covering subjects ranging from pub toilets to politics, from bondage to the Big Issue!
No registration or ticket is necessary - Just turn up with your poems and put your name down to compete. The competition begins around 9:30, so any poets not registered by that point will not be able to compete. Entry is £3 per poet, and all poets are advised to bring along enough material for three or four 3-minute rounds.
How it works:
- Judges are picked at random from the audience
- Each poet gets three minutes to perform as much (or as little) original material as they wish
- Judges in the audience anonymously give each poet an overall score
- At the end of each round, the highest-scoring poets advance to the next round (sometimes every poet gets to perform in every round)
- When run as a knockout contest, the highest-scoring poet in the final round wins. Otherwise, the highest cumulative score wins.