Sick of lovesick poets? Dreading the Valentine’s drivel? Too sarcastic for sickly sweet sentiments competitive poetry night Slam Bam Thank You Ma’am is back for a night of anti-Valentine vitriol, verve and vivacity as 10 local poets compete for the title of Sheffield’s Funny Valentine 2012.

Headlining the night will be Grande Dame of Slam 2011, Steph Pike. Steph is a witty and passionate poet and committed UKuncut activist who is very active on the poetry scene in Manchester and throughout the northwest. It’s been said that a good performance poet can make you laugh, cry and gasp with their words. Steph has proven herself more than capable of all three.

This time, the competition for the top spot will be stiff, with some of the sheffield scene’s top quality poets going head to head. Who, you ask? Well, there’s only one way to find out!

The Slam last year was a rip roaring success raising over £200 for LaDIYfest and featuring the awesome Paula Varjack as part of her British tour. This year proceeds will be going to UK Uncut, whose campaigning excellence around income inequality needs no introduction, but specifically it will be going to their legal action fund. Why? Well because Steph will be coming to perform fresh from her day in court for aggravated trespass following protest action at Barclays for UK Uncut. What can we at Now Then say other than… bravo!

Come and show your support with some bugger-Valentine’s-Day fun at the Riverside Bar, 7:30pm on Monday 13th for a mere £5 (£3 conc)

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