Tag Archives: Digital Slam

Poetry Map Poem 23: Old Kilpatrick

9 Aug

the saltings

Salacious waves tongue iron-silver stacks
where columns of pirate planks
splinter and shatter in the tangled rape
of seaweed and biodegradable crabs.
Dolphin carcasses are gulped clean,
spitting bones of polythene bags
like brittle teeth inside shoreline gums.

Trailer flags beckon the seabird’s anthems.

I screw the lid back on the vodka bottle.
The metal bridge hangs overhead, keeping vigil
over the dead buried in the Clyde,
shawled by crayon scribbles; addict needles.
A flicked cigarette blushes, then cancels,
and my capsules tame the glass-eyed tide.

Stephen Watt

Stephen Watt who provided this poem is one of those shortlisted in this year’s StAnza digital slam. If you like this poem why not check out his slam entry. You can see/hear all the shortlisted videos and audio clips on our blog post of 2nd August, and vote for your favourite. Hundreds of people have already done so. Voting closes at 5pm BTS on Monday 11th August so make sure you don’t miss the chance to register your vote!

To view our Map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-map-revealed/ . For more information on this project, and on how to submit a poem, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/mapping-scotland-in-poetry/.

All poems on our poetry map of Scotland and on the StAnza Blog are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet’s permission.

Roll up and vote in the StAnza Digital Slam

13 Jul

Photo by Long Nguyen

Ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls, poets and spoken word artists, welcome one and all to the StAnza Digital Slam 2012!

The StAnza judges have worn out their headphones and risked clinical screen-burn to whittle down the wonderful entries to a shortlist of the crème de la crème of internet poetry performances.

The diversity and quality of the entries was staggering. Poems of all shapes and sizes were recorded in bike sheds, forests, graveyards, underneath towers, in front of live audiences, and in recording studios. Poets ranging from their teens to their sixties, award-winning to unpublished, and in a variety of languages, sent in entries from as far away as Denmark and the USA, and as close to home as St Andrews itself.

Entries have been scored by a panel of judges for Content and Performance to produce the shortlist you can see in alphabetical order below – but the overall winner will be decided by you!

After you’ve watched all the entries, scroll down find to find the voting widget where you can show your support for the poet/spoken word artist you think should win.

Shortlisted slammers – yes, you are allowed to vote for yourself.

Without further ado, the shortlist!


1. Jo Bell – The Shipwright’s Love Song


2. Kareem Parkins Brown (Kuaint) – Grey Gang


3. Kevin P. Gilday – The Vision (Jesus of Possil)


4. Harry Giles – Panic


5. Elspeth Murray and Richard Medrington – The Ambassador’s Lament


6. Tila and Tavelah Robinson – The Twins


7. Anthony Robson – Wailing Daily


8. Edwin de Voigt – Planeet Nu


9. Tony Walsh (Longfella) – A Girl, Like, Y’Know


10. Donnie Welch – Hawaiian Shirts

11. JL Williams – The Library


12. Chris Young – The Minotaur



Thanks to everyone who took part!

Click here for the results.

The Digital Slam shortlist will be here tomorrow at noon: look, listen and vote!

12 Jul

Yes, we are only one sleep away (here in Scotland at any rate) from finding out who has reached the shortlist in our Digital Slam. Tomorrow at noon, BST we will post the names and links here. If you entered, now’s the chance to find out if you made the list.

And this is when our online audience gets involved.  Now it’s over to you to look, listen and vote for your favourite.  The voting takes place over the weekend, closing at midday on Monday 16th July, BST.  The lucky winner will be announced shortly after, when the votes have been counted.  Wherever you are, you can follow this event on Twitter via @StAnzaPoetry and/or #DigitalSlam

Thanks to those who entered

11 Jul

Bob Holman at the 2011 StAnza Slam
Photo by Long Nguyen

StAnza was delighted by the volume of entries for our inaugural Digital Slam, and the judges who chose the shortlist were very impressed by the quality and diversity of what was submitted and delighted to discover so many excellent performers out there.

Our congratulations to those who made the cut (look out for the shortlist on Friday), and commiserations to those who didn’t – better luck next time!

As it was so hard for the judges to narrow it down to this shortlist of twelve, after the winner is announced, we plan to post links to the entries which just didn’t make the shortlist, so everyone else will have the chance to enjoy them as well.

StAnza Digital slam: voting starts Friday,13th

7 Jul

Thanks to all who entered our digital slam. The shortlist will appear on this blog at midday on Friday 13th. Then it’s the voters’ turn to decide: so don’t miss the chance to check out the entries and cast your votes.

There’s still time to enter our Digital Slam!

5 Jul

UPDATE (7 July) – entries are now closed for the Digital Slam, but you’ll be able to view the shortlist and cast your votes next weekend (see below).

Since we announced our Digital Slam, there has been a wonderful response, lots of encouragement and better still, entries have been coming in thick and fast. There is still time to send your entry in: the deadline is midnight Friday 6th July.  Here’s a recap of the details:

StAnza’s online slam competition is open for entries, so that poets from everywhere can join in and audiences can sample the performances and vote for the winner. If you missed out on StAnza’s famous live slam and open mic events at the festival in March, now’s your chance to get involved, either by entering or by judging. We are running this event using all our social media platforms and centred on the StAnza Blog.

We are now open for entries from until midnight on Friday 6th July 2012. To enter, all you have to do is supply an audio or video file of yourself performing your poem. Upload it onto YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, AudioBoo or other online platform. Then send the URL to our designated email address, slam@stanzapoetry.org.

Your clip should be of a single poem and should last no more than 3 minutes.

Our judges will then make a shortlist and these entries will be posted on the StAnza Blog for the online audience to view and then cast their votes, using our dedicated voting link. You can vote from midday 13th to midday 16th July. The winner will be announced on 16th July after the polls close. The winning performance will be showcased on our platforms on 20thJuly and we will include a second clip by the winner.

And yes, there will be a mystery prize for the winner that is, in the tradition of slams the world over, totally pointless, yet strangely covetable.

You can also follow this event on Twitter via @StAnzaPoetry and/or #DigitalSlam

The StAnza Digital Slam: open for entries 29th June

22 Jun

There’s just a week to go before the entry period opens for StAnza’s Digital Slam, so get your video and audio clips ready for this unique online competition. Here’s a reminder of how the slam will work: 

To enter, all you have to do is record an audio/video file of your poetry performance and upload it onto YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, AudioBoo or other online platform. Then send a URL to our designated email address, which we will make available from 29th June to 6th July.  Like in live slams, there is a time limit for the performance, so your file should not last more than three minutes.

Our judges will then make a shortlist and these entries will be posted on the StAnza blog for the digital audience to view and then cast their votes, using our dedicated voting link. Voting will be from midday 13 to midday 16 July. The winner will be announced on 20 July. 

Follow this event on Twitter via @StAnzaPoetry and/or #DigitalSlam



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