StAnza v. Melbourne Cyber Slam

Saturday 4 September 2010

Hard to believe, but there's just a week to go until the StAnza Cyber Slam, our latest digital event and, after months of planning, the final arrangements have been made.

On 11 September, our team of top performance poets will be pitting their wits against their counterparts at the Overload Poetry Festival in Melbourne, Australia. It will be a fast and furious poetry slam performed live and via Skype.

The StAnza Cyber Slam takes place between midday and 1.15pm (BST) at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, and simultaneously at Overload in Melbourne (9pm-10.15pm in Australia). The teams will be cheered on by audiences at their respective venues and the performances webcast, so viewers from round the world can follow the action online.

StAnza's line up will be familiar to festival goers and performance fans:  Milton Balgoni as MC, Kevin Cadwallendar, Robin Cairns, Claudia Daventry, and Alasdair Maloney (of the Chemical Poets). They've all been sharpening their skills at the festivals in Edinburgh and elsewhere this summer, so expect some verbal fireworks.

Melbourne's team includes two award-winning international slammers: Ezra Biz and Benjamin 'IQ' Sanders. We'll be joining them on the opening night of the Overload Poetry Festival, which has a history of holding innovative digital events. So it's great to have the chance to link up with them.

If you can't make it to the venue to cheer the teams, you can follow the slam live online at www.stanzapoetry.org

StAnza poet Claudia Daventry is on the Cyber Slam team

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