Hit the Ode brings remarkable spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham.
October’s edition is the Hippodrome Young Poets (HYP) Showcase, celebrating the work of some of Birmingham’s finest spoken word artists and the launch of their first anthology, created with Verve Poetry Press.
Performing alongside HYP will be renowned poet Jacob Sam-La Rose and award-winning performer Jasmine Gardosi, who have mentored them in the practice and possibilities of poetry. Add an open mic, set from DJ Psykhomantus, and an international poet and you have a compelling spectrum of spoken word. Be there.
Launched in January 2019, Hippodrome Young Poets (HYP) is a significant artistic development programme for young poets in the Midlands run by Birmingham Hippodrome and Apples and Snakes. The first cohort includes:
Lerah Mae Barcenilla / Jack Crowe / Danai Denga / Adrian Earle / Nafeesa Hamid / Shaun Hill / Kibriya Mehrban / Amara Ranger / George Reiner / Ellie Rushton / Bethany Slinn / Hannah Swingler / Jessica Syposz / Emma Thompson / Afrah Yafai
Jacob Sam-La Rose is widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets. Jacob’s debut pamphlet, Communion (2006), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and his collection Breaking Silence (2012) was shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize (the Felix Dennis Award) and the Aldeburgh Fenton award. Breaking Silence is now a set text for an English Language and Literature A Level.
Jasmine Gardosi is the current Axis Slam Champion and former Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Mix It Up Midlands and International Pangaea Poetry Slam winner. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, BBC Asian Network and at Glastonbury Festival. A recent BBC Slam Finalist, she has also been shortlisted for the Outspoken Poetry Prize for Performance and for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2018/20.
DJ Psykhomantus (VisionBombing)
Psykhomantus bridges the gap and connects the dots between Hip Hop and other progressive music genres. He is founder of the rap music video web series ‘VisionBombing’ (VBTV, ‘VB Live’, ‘VB Game Show’ and ‘VB Champion Sound’), DJ, turntablist, UK DMC Champion and member of the DJ/Turntablist crew A Few Good Men. Psykhomantus is passionate about taking turntablism into theatre.
Part of Birmingham Literature Festival
Banner photo: Amaal Said