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What is a Poetry Slam?

BBC Radio 4 introduces COMPETITIVE poetry tonight (Thursday 24th September) at 11pm. A high octane content is guaranteed, with marks awarded for content, delivery and audience response.

A selection of modern poets will perform their work live for the judges during the first of a 3 part series. We pick up the competition at the semi-final stage.

Competititors from around the country have already performed and have won or been eliminated in heats at Exeter,  Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast, Brighton, Newport, Newcastle, Manchester and London, with two performers from each heat getting through to the semi-finals.

This first program comes from Bluecoats in Liverpool and is hosted by poetry performer Dreadlockalien.

Next week’s second semi-final comes from the Arts Centre in Reading and the final at the Conservatoire in Birmingham on Tuesday 6th October at 7pm, appropriately on National Poetry Day.

For free tickets for the recording of the Poetry Slam final,, please visit the Birmingham Book Festival website or ring 0121 303 2323.

Programmes will be available on BBC Iplayer/Listen again after transmission.

Man Booker Prize 2009 Nominees

The six nominees for the Man Booker Prize for 2009 were announced this evening on the BBC Radio 4 arts review programme Front Row, by  broadcaster James Naughtie who is the chairman of the judging panel.

Here are the nominees and their books

A.S. Byatt – The Children’s Book

J.M Coetzee – Summertime

Adam Foulds – The Quickening Maze

Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall

Simon Mawer – The Glass Room

Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 6th October

 Read more about the authors and summaries of the books, on the Man Booker website