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John Tripp Award showcases poetry

With a more direct approach to captivating an audience than the written kind, performance poetry stands in the spotlight this November.

The spoken aspect often gives added value to the text.

Wales might be famous for its rugby, sheep and beautiful landscapes, but that’s not all this country has to offer. Every few years Literature Wales organises the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry.

Named after famous Welsh poet John Tripp (1927-1986), this competition promotes the art of spoken poetry, also sometimes referred to as ‘slam poetry’. The first round consisted of four local heats, from which were compiled the field of 16 at the grand final in the Swansea Grand Theatre on 29 November 2011.

Cardiff finalist Naomi Alderson said: “One of the really good things about performance poetry as opposed to written poetry is that you have that audience engagement. It’s fascinating to think that they can get something so different from it.”

 See an example of Naomi’s slam poetry here: