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Grand Slam International Poetry Festival featuring John Hegley

Grand Slam International Poetry Festival featuring John Hegley

Paris Lit Up in collaboration with Slam Productions proudly present:

Grand Slam International Poetry Festival 2014

Join us this year for one full week of national and international slam poetry competitions. Over 100 poets from around the world will converge on Belleville and compete for the Grand Slam title.

In addition, numerous events and readings will take place throughout the week. Paris Lit Up is the proud organizer of the following events:*


John Hegley & Co.

John-Hegley_iconFor one night only, and at the bargain price of FREE, Britain’s top performance poet will take to the stage of Culture Rapide on Saturday, June 7th at 17h00 for an evening of poetry, comedy and spoken word magic. The event will be hosted by the lovely Anne Brechin, and will also feature the Parisian poets Bibi Jacob, Kate Noakes, Rufo Quintavalle and Troy Yorke. Be sure to come early for a good spot as space is limited. MORE INFO COMING SOON…


Graffiti Poetry Workshop

poetry-stencil_iconWant to move beyond the page? Want to take your words to the world? Come create your own poetry stencils and learn basic graffiti techniques to make the streets sing. Hosted by street artist tragicoptimist on Saturday, June 7th 14h30-17h – all participants will take home their very own street art. MORE INFO COMING SOON…


Poem on Demand

Poems-on-demandNot a writer? Need to swoon someone but are falling short of words? Never fear, on Saturday, June 7th 14h30-17h you can challenge our English and French poets to make you a custom poem for a small donation and take home a masterpiece.  Hammered out on vintage typewriters, our poets will breath life into your ideas and send you home with a little bit of magic. Hosted by Louisa Dunnigan and Missy Green. MORE INFO COMING SOON…


Book Swap Shop

Book-SwapRead all your poetry books? Got an extra copy to trade or exchange? Want to get your hands on free or cheap books? Bring a book to swap or find new treasures at our independent bookshop. Hosted by Emily Ruck Keene and Dylan Harris of corrupt press. The book swap shop will be open both Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th from 14h-18h. MORE INFO COMING SOON…


John Hegley Masterclass

workshop_iconGot writer’s block? Need inspiration? ParisLit Up’s weekly drop-in writing workshop has a special time and place this week in celebration of the International Poetry Festival: for one time only, you can get expert writing advice by Britain’s leading performance poet John Hegley! This 1h30 masterclass will be held in English on Saturday, June 7th from 10h30-12h at the elegant Carré de Baudouin. MORE INFO COMING SOON…


A complete schedule of all the events and competitions can be consulted in .pdf here: View the Complete Program


John Hegley was born in Newington Green, North London, and was educated in Luton, Bristol and Bradford University.
His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.
He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence.
He is an occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, using drawing, poetry and gesture. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire, and once performed in a women’s prison in Columbia.

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