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After a raucous sell-out event last year, the Bristol Poetry Festival Grand Slam Final is back as winners from the afternoon qualifiers compete for the coveted crown of 2020’s Lyra Slam Champion.

Danez Smith can unfortunately no longer make it to Lyra Festival this week. However, the slam final will still be going ahead with two outstanding replacement performers. The inimitable Joelle Taylor, founder of Slambassadors and author of Songs My Enemy Taught Me, alongside former World Slam Champion and first ever UK televised slam winner, Kat Francois! With a support set from last year’s epic slam winner, Kat Lyons.

Come along and see the 8 slam finalists of the 2020 Bristol Poetry Festival Slam battle it out for the crown of champion. The slam will be judged by headliner Joelle Taylor, Bristol City Poet Vanessa Kisuule, and Lyra’s 2020 Festival Poet Rebecca Tantony.

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Our Café Bar will be open till late serving food and drinks. Come along before the show for our Pre-Theatre Menu, serving 5-6.30pm.