BLF 2019 has hosted some of the world’s most exciting poets and spoken word artists, from Saul Williams to Simon Armitage, Imtiaz Dharker to George the Poet. To close the festival, we’re inviting the city’s young people to take to the stage, and show the world what Bradford’s made of.

Inspired by Kanye and Keats, from seasoned slam champions to apprehensive first-timers the floor is open to under 19s with something to say and, in true slam style, it’s up to the audience to proclaim the BLF 2019 Slam Champion.

Open mic slots are also available for under-19s who wish to perform monologues, comedy, or other spoken word forms.

Performers should email for more info.


This year we are excited to launch our new B-Lit Programme for young people aged 13 – 18, made possible by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Look out for events marked with the B-Lit stamp as they are free for anybody aged 18 or under.