Manchester City of Literature project
The spoken word version of Eurovision, hosted by the UNESCO Cities of Literature — where each City slams their way to the grand title of Slamovision Champion every year!

Each year the UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature hold this esteemed international poetry competition to explore different approaches to poetry performance, which Manchester holds highly in its regard as a city with poetry truly at its heart.

Now in its fourth year, Manchester has been taking part in Slamovision since 2020, when it was expertly hosted online by Tartu City of Literature, and we’re so thrilled that Manchester was joint winner of the competition with an entry called ‘Barbirolli Square’ by Jardel Rodrigues (which you can view below). Quebec City were our fellow reining champs.

In 2021 that meant that Manchester and Quebec City jointly hosted the global event, taking place at Manchester Poetry Library. On November 30th our event was live streamed around the world as well as having an in person audience. Nottingham City of Literature took the crown with a winning poem called ‘Where Are You From?’ by Cara Thompson.

Manchester was then proudly represented by PA Bitez in 2021, after fierce competition where many notorious Manchester slam poets competed at a Slamovision Special of One Mic Stand hosted in partnership with Young Identity in September. In 2022 our Slamovision representative for Manchester was Carson Wolfe and in 2023 we’re thrilled to be represented by Esther Koch.


Slamovision 2021 Manchester
Slamovision 2021 hosted at Manchester Poetry Library with host Reece Williams and Quebec City joining us virtually.



Carson's winning poem for 2022


PA Bitez - Mother Messiah representing Manchester in 2021


Jardel's winning poem from 2020 - Barbirolli Square

The crown currently resides in... Nottingham!