Our annual explosion of political poetry and unflinching wordplay is back, exploring social issues through high-octane performances from some of the greatest wordsmiths of our time. This year’s Poetry with a Punch will take place in the incredible St George’s Hall, a venue famed for hosting radical social activists through time, from the suffragettes to the abolitionists, and the perfect setting for an evening of passionate poetry.

Opening their souls to us this year are multifaceted spoken word artist George The Poet, award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou and performer, Farah Chamma. The evening will culminate in a spectacular musical performance from rapper Lowkey.

About The Poets

George The Poet

George The Poet is a multifaceted artist, championing a new brand of poetry, that has been critically acclaimed. From his poetry collection Search Party to his striking and thought-provoking podcast Have You Heard George’s Podcast, George unearths and addresses a vast array of political, cultural and social matters.

Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher, and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP, and a collection of short stories. He is the founder of Out-Spoken. GB.


Farah Chamma

Farah Chamma is a Dubai-born Palestinian performer. She is currently doing her MA in Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths University.


Fusing politically charged lyrics and deft dissection of topics such as race, war, global poverty and politics with anthemic choruses and unrelentingly energetic performance, Lowkey is a towering figure of the scene who renews the old tradition of conscious hip-hop activism for the war-on-terror generation.