Superheroes of Slam 2011

Superheroes of Slam 2011

The quest for the ultimate slam poet

Superheroes of Slam, the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award 2011, is the quest to find the ultimate slam poet with spoken word superpowers. Open to all comers and styles of poetry and spoken word.

The championship will comprise 8 Heats across the North from September to October 2011 with the top poet from each heat competing at a Grand Final on Thursday 20 October 2011 at Yard Theatre, Manchester. The Superhero of Slam Winner will receive a £250 cash prize and the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Cup.

Details of the heats below

Thursday 6 September
In association with Write Out Loud

Tudor House
New Market St, Wigan WN1 1SE

8.00pm £3 contribution requested

To enter, email

Thursday 22 September
In association with Oldham Libraries

Oldham Library
Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL

7pm      £2 on door     Box office: 0161 770 8000

To enter, call Punam Ramchurn 0161 770 8016

Thursday 29 September

Yard Theatre
41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF

7.30pm     £5/£3 Concs

To enter, email

Thursday 6 October
In association with Young Identity

Yard Theatre
41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF

7.30pm     £5/£3 concs

To enter, email

Sunday 9 October
In association with Wor Poets

22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4P

6.30pm     £3/£2 if you bring a friend

To enter, email

Wednesday 12 October
In association with Leeds Young Authors

Seven Arts
31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

8pm     £5/£3.50 on door

To enter, email

Thursday 13 October
In association with Axis Arts Centre

Axis Arts Centre
Crewe Campus, Crewe Green Road, Crewe CW1 5DU

7pm     £5

To enter, email

Friday 14 October
In association with Writing On The Wall

Bluecoat Arts Centre
School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

7.30pm     £4/£2 concs     Box office: 0151 702 5324

To enter, contact Madeline 0151 703 0020 or

Thursday 20 October

Yard Theatre
41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF

7.30pm     £5/£3 concs

The Nile Club – Ghosts Project

The Nile Club was a well established part of the community.

Everyone knew about it, and though people had varying opinions on the club, it provided a place for everyone to go and have fun.

“The Nile Club was well established and there was never any fights in there, and it was run properly and everybody was having a dance and everybody met up and had a chat.  Everybody loved going to The Nile Club.” (Dorothy Skinner)

“I went to the Nile, used to go from downstairs, upstairs. But I can count on me hands how many times I went to the Nile. It was a place where women went, Some would take their shopping with them and go in. And they’d done their shopping and they were there for the night, put their groceries at the side and they were getting bladdered. One opened a tin of… I don’t know whether it was dog food or cat food, and ate it. Cause she was hungry. It was very rough. Very rough.” (Dorothy Jasper)

If you have any images or memories of The Nile Club/ Moss Side and Hulme, let us know!

Carnival – Ghosts Project

Carnival was a time of celebration for the whole community

“I remember the carnival, it was huge, it just seemed like there were hundreds and hundreds of people.  If you got lost from your parent that was it, it was crowded.  I remember the man with the mask and the whip, and I remember one year there was this massive big thing made out of jelly, it was huge and everyone could get jelly. Going to the carnival meant having your best clothes out, you really prepared for it, you made a weekend of it, everybody went to carnival you know.  Not like what you see today.” (Jackie Macneish)

Russell Club/PSV – Ghosts project

The Russell Club was a key part of the Moss Side community.

“The first club experience for me was The Russell because that was the place to be, especially like New Years and stuff like that and because I had that connection with my dad. He and the bus drivers took it over in, I think it was probably early eighties.

Often You weren’t getting the music you wanted to hear, it was you know more mainstream music and stuff like that, so it just was not the vibe that you wanted.  For me I have always liked being around my own people and just hearing the music I want to hear.  And sometimes just even as form of socialising in a sense, you would know if you were going out on New Year’s Eve you were going to go out to Russell, you were doing it to see everybody.  So it was just that.” (Jackie Macneish)

“I remember Horsemouth playing with Dennis Brown at The Russell club” (Aidan Cartwright aka dubwiser)

Continue reading