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! 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.


Manchester has been taking part in Slamovision since 2020, when it was expertly hosted online by Tartu City of Literature in Estonia. We were thrilled that Manchester was voted by fellow Cities of Literature as the 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, as the previous winners, Manchester and Quebec City in Canada 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 a small in person audience. Manchester was proudly represented by PA Bitez in 2021 and you can view her entry ‘Mother Messiah’ below, 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. Nottingham City of Literature took the crown with a winning poem called ‘Where Are You From?’ by Cara Thompson.


In 2022 Carson Wolfe was selected to represent Manchester at Slamovision, you can see Carson’s entry below. Nottingham City of Literature were once again voted as winners with a poem by Abíọ́dún ‘Abbey’ Abdul, who represented Nottingham with her poem ‘Strong Tea’.


in 2023, after an open callout for entries, Manchester was thrilled to be represented by award-winning performance poet Esther Koch. An exciting night of slam poetry took place at Metronome Nottingham on Tuesday 5th December where twelve UNESCO Cities of Literature competed both in person and online to a live audience featuring performances from local Nottingham poets. Esther Koch performed her poem ‘Taurean at the Nightclub’ live and after a tense round of voting by fellow Cities of Literature, Manchester was announced as winners of Slamovision 2023! Huge congratulations to Esther.


We’ll see you in December in Manchester when we will host Slamovision 2024!


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



Esther's winning poem from 2023 - Taurean in the Nightclub


Carson Wolfe represented Manchester for 2022 with this poem


PA Bitez - Mother Messiah representing Manchester in 2021


Jardel's winning poem from 2020 - Barbirolli Square

The crown currently resides in... Manchester!